I love that headline. Until just now, I had never cared to know just where Bhutan was on a map—though I had an idea. I was wrong.
Have you ever heard of Doklam? How about Dongland? Me either.
It’s a part of the world that sits on the Border of both India and China, and while China says there is no dispute, India feels there is one.
Doklam is what India calls it, and buddha help me Dongland is what China calls it.
Whatever it’s called, it’s an area with a plateau and a valley and it lies between Tibet’s Chumbi Valley in the north, Bhutan’s Ha Valley in the east, and India’s Sikkaim state in the west.
Tibet was overrun by China a few decades earlier as the rest of the world just kindda sat on its own thumb and spun.
Apparently China/Tibet, Bhutan, and India all feel the area is of much importance.
I don’t know who it belongs too, but mapmakers have been noting the area is under Bhutan jurisdiction since 1961… and while China has laid claim on the area, India has not.
I suppose it has simply taken up arms to help Bhutan out against big, bad China.
So… while China says there’s nothing to see here… no “dispute”, the boundary dispute was enough for Japan to vocally support India in the matter… which has now caused China to be snippy with the land of the rising sun.
(By the way… the semantics of it all is quite amusing. It was like how the United States had always said it had never lost a war… and so when it became obvious that it had lost the Vietnam War, it began calling it the Vietnam Conflict. Semantics… but at least it is still tru about teh U.S. having never lost a war.)
Since June of this year (2017) China and India have been at odds over the Doklam area… with India having moved troops into the area, and China asking india to move them out.
China says that if there is to be any further talkas to resolve the issue, the Inid a troops must be removed.
Which is interesting in itself, because China foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying (surname first) has stated:
“In the Donglang (Doklam) area, there is no territorial dispute. And the boundary has been delimited and recognized by the two sides. … And the attempt to change the status quo by trespass in the boundary is by India, not China."
So is there a territorial dispute or not? China says there isn’t so get off amy lawn, while India says there is and has gathered the local kids to occupy that lemon tree that site directly in the middle of teh disputed gang landscape.
And along comes Japan envoy Hiramatsu Kenji (surname first) who acknowledges that the Doklam area is being disputed by both China and India, and that Tokyo understands why India became involved.
"For both India and Japan, China is an important neighboring country. Both countries have important economic linkages with China. However, after the recent Chinese provocative actions, entire international community will have to send a message to China,”says Hiramatsu.
Hmmm… Japan calls China’s actions ‘provocative’… it’s not overly overt, but it implies that Japan gets why India has to do something about China’s claims on Doklam.
That’s like Japan saying: “Hey, India… while we love the Chinese culture we sto-, er borrowed for ourselves, we REALLY love that An-do-ryu guy you sent us 27 years ago to teach us how to all get along with the world… so we’re going to side with India over China in a non-dispute that has absolutely nothing to do with us, because we are whiny buggers who once tried to make all of Asia our bitches.”
Okay - so maybe I wasn’t the reason Japan stuck it’s nose in the business between China and India. But what was the reason?
First off, Japan is not the first nation to throw it’s support behind India in the territory dispute. The U.S. and the U.K. had previously done so… only the Japanese support was made to seem like Japan was really more into supporting India than the other two great nations had been.
How nasty are things between China and India? Well… China had previously mocked India over the Doklam dispute by saying that India should learn from the 1962 military debacle when the two countries fought each other in a war.
This past June, India defence minister Arun Jaitley responded with: “India of 2017 is different from India of 1962.”
So… why did Japan feel the need to toss in its two yen’s worth? Was it because Japan is the toady of the U.S., and needs to kiss its butt should things escalate further with North Korea’s finger on a nuclear missile or two? Maybe.
But didn’t Japan want China to talk with North Korea about that to try and further diffuse the situation? Yeah… I no longer see China working hard to convince China to stop being a putz to western allies…
Well… you know those southwest island disputes between China and Japan… the Ryuku’s?
Well, back in 2014 Japan asked India for its help in thwarting what it felt were Chinese expansionist moves in the East China Sea, and the Himalayas.
So it’s a quid pro quo kindda thing. That’s where a favors given with the expectations of something the favor to be returned later.
Back in 2014, Chinese jets and ships were routinely invading what Japan called Japanese territories in a game of cat-and-mouse.
At that time in 2014, Japan defence minister Onodera Itsunori (surname first) said that: "Both Japan and India should ask for a dialogue with Chinese side and tell China not to change status quo by force. These issues should be solved through dialogue and following international rules."
In 2012, China and India had come to a resolution over the Doklam area… and so in now in 2017 India reiterates that China should respect the 2012 accord whereby no country would alter the status quo unilaterally in the eastern sector of the India-China border.
Holy crap, people… does it seem that in the past 20 years the world has sudden;t got more stupid?
We had just town down the wall dividing German. The Soviet Union said I want a huge television, too. The war to end al wars was over. Japan’s bubble economy had burst but it still had zero affect on Andrew’s final years on the JET Programme as he still enjoyed living in what was then a sexually-liberal Japanese society.
And then… someone dropped a stupid bomb.
The 9/11 attacks. The ongoing search for weapons of mass destruction and Bigfoot. More terror attacks. Presidents not being presidential. Japan wanted to get rid of its peaceful US-written Constitution as a means to building up its own military in a way similar to (I said similar) to 1930s and mid 40’s Japan level).
The world has certainly become more stupid lately… cripes… and now you know that China is trying to flex its muscles against India. Which involves Japan now…
Can’t we all just get along?
No… no… I suppose we can’t. At least that’s what this generation is showing.
It’s not my generation, is it?
Anyhow… now you know about Doklam… someplace else to keep an eye out for.
Talkin’ ‘bout my g-g-g-generation,