Doklam Standoff – Prisoner’s Dilemma and Game of Chicken - Part 2

Situation – India, China and Bhutan are engaged in a standoff in the tri-junction area of the boundary of the three states in the Indian State of Sikkim known as Doklam or Donglong by the Chinese. The location of the Tri junction is disputed by both sides China is claiming the same to be much deeper than which is held at present at Doka La. China is also claiming a large tract of Bhutanese territory known as the Doklam Plateau. China’s construction of a road in the Doklam Plateau was objected by Bhutan on 16 June. When the construction continued, Bhutan requested Indian intervention based on Article 2 of the Indo Bhutan Friendship Treaty. Indian troops physically prevented the Chinese from road construction. On both sides, the troops are in contact but are unarmed. China has launched a diplomatic and media offensive asking India to pull back from Chinese territory (claimed). India has adopted a measured approach attempting to resolve the issue diplomatically. Examining the confrontation from the perspective of Game Theory – Prisoner’s Dilemma and Game of Chicken, likely outcomes, advantages and disadvantages are discussed as per succeeding paragraphs..............Log in or subscribe...............


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