Over decades India has negotiated an uneasy peace with China, largely through economic compromise and security concession, but this has not worked. While India should not abandon hope of finding a peaceful solution via diplomacy and negotiation, the sombre reality is that China appears to be in no mood to relent.
Procedural aspects need to be factored into the public discourse on the Rafale and other defence deals. Granular details should be disclosed, to the extent it is possible to do so without compromising security.
In the first round of tendering, the EH-101 helicopter (later renamed AW-101) offered by AgustaWestland did not make the cut as it was certified to fly only upto an altitude of 4,572 metres against the requirement of 6,000 metres specified in the Request for Proposal (RFP).