The Chinese had the measure of the Indian response under the leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh. They knew exactly what the Indian response would be if provoked, i.e. nothing. They needled India all across the shared border from Ladakh (squatting in the DBO area) to Arunachal Pradesh (not accepting India’s sovereignity over it by releasing maps that showed it to be part of China and by issuing stapled visas to residents of Arunachal Pradesh), built infrastructure in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
Recently, Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, visited India. He said that their policy of issuing stapled visas was a “goodwill gesture” facilitating easy movement of people of Arunachal Pradesh across the borders. Well, what a load of bull. May be the Modi government should start issuing stapled visas to Tibetans too. Remember, Modi quite had quite cleverly invited the officials of Tibetan government in exile to his swearing in ceremony which had raised howls of protests from the Chinese.
Again China released maps which shows Arunachal Pradesh as part of Southern Tibet (which itself has been illegally occupied by China). Ironically, our VP is visiting China to mark 60th anniversay of Panchsheel. China now wants to gauge the new Indian government stance and resolve to counter such mischief. Modi government response would be critical that would set the tone of future faceoffs.