Chandigarh

SEMINAR ON 'DOKLAM STANDOFF AND BEYOND' IN PANJAB UNIVERSITY

September 01, 2017 09:30 AM

Chandigarh  (Face2News)

The Department of Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab University Chandigarh, organised a special lecture on ‘Doklam Standoff and Beyond’ on Thursday, in the ICSSR Complex under the banner of Gyan Setu, a think tank for defence and strategic issues. The special lecture was delivered by Lt. Gen. S L Narasimhan (Retd). PVSM, AVSM, VSM.

 Lt. Gen. K J Singh (Retd), Maharaja Ranjit Singh Chair Professor, Panjab University, commenced the proceedings of the lecture by welcoming Lt. Gen. S L Narasimhan (Retd), University Vice Chancellor Prof. Arun Kumar Grover; researchers and scholars; other esteemed guests attending the seminar. General Singh introduced the speaker to the audience while highlighting his expertise on China as well as Chinese language.

Giving salutations to the audience, Lt. Gen. Narasimhan (Retd) gave an overview of his presentation, which covered the Doklam standoff, 19th Party Congress, China’s infrastructure, Technological issues, and strategy encompassing all the above.

Talking about Doklam, the General explained the strategic location of the place and how it is of great importance to India. He also specified that Doklam is not bilateral but trilateral ties between India, Bhutan and China, as Doklam being a Bhutanese land area. He also talked about how behaviours of both Indian and China changed over the years.

According to him, the Doklam standoff is likely to create tensions in the region. For instance, Bhutan is likely to be under increased pressure, and China might perpetuate its presence in the valley.

Further, the General also mentioned in detail about the 19th Party Congress, China’s military reforms and its transformation in creating strategic joint commands. He then focussed on the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), also known as One Belt One Road (OBOR), and how this is more of a strategic motive, other than economic. The speaker later, on concluding his presentation, gave a mention to the problem of North Korea and its relations with both, China and the United States.

The special lecture was followed by a round of discussion, after which, General Bakshi, the latest veteran to join the seminar, was requested by General Singh to give some remarks. He addressed the august gathering, especially the young researchers and scholars, to perform deeper research and analysis. He prompted questions, which he felt are important to address by the scholars. Prof. Arun K. Grover, Vice Chancellor, PU appreciated the initiative of Gyan Setu and expressed his view of holding such seminars of national importance at the

The lecture was attended by students, research scholars, faculty, serving and retired officers of the Indian Armed Forces, apart from print and electronic media.

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