The standoff between India and China at the Doka La area of the Sikkim section has enormous consequences for the world, including America, so the Trump administration should have its diplomacy at the ready, a former CIA analyst said on Wednesday.
“This is a face-off with potentially enormous consequences for the world. Neither side has asked for American intervention but American interests are very much at stake,” he said.
The Chinese incursion into Bhutan coincided with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the White House, probably a deliberate move by Beijing, he wrote. “Washington should have its diplomacy at the ready. We need experienced hands in the State Department South Asia bureau. We need the best possible ambassadors on the scene. Our military ties to India need to be on watch. JFK was ready in 1962, we should not be caught off guard today,” Riedel said.