Post Covid, China is looked upon by most nations with suspicion and mistrust. While countries like US, Australia etc are more vocal in this many other countries are subtle and strategic, following a wait and watch policy.
China has already rubbed most of its neighbouring countries by showing a hegemonic attitude claiming and exerting its muscle in land and sea around its neighbours. Hence many countries are sour with China.
China wants to dominate the world economically. It has started its strategic plans many years ago and now many countries are trapped under Chinese debt. But China thinks that of all its neighbours, India is the one it has to watch, because India has the potential to become a world economic power. No other country can match China in manpower also. Hence China feels that it is time to flex its muscles against India to scare it and make it accept China's supremacy. As a strategy China uses Pakistan at China border. Though China thought of encircling India by its influence on Sri Lanka, a reversal there has dampened that. Similarly China did not become fully successful in the Iran-Gulf side as India employed some successful counter strategies. Hence China depends on Pakistan and Nepal now, which is also quite obvious from recent happenings.
But just like Pakistan, China also will resort to only proxy and pseudo attacks because in a war it will also have to suffer large losses as India now is not the India of 1962, and China cannot have a walkover. It knows well that India has advantage in the Eastern sector and so concentrates on Western and Northern sector using Nepal to put pressure on India. And to use it asa route in case crisis deepens into serious confrontation. What China aims now is to put India under pressure and make it weak and confident less in the negotiation table.
I trust that the present Central Government and the Armed forces know this well and are prepared to face all such tactics. But as a mature country India has to keep cool and not get trapped by the deliberate provocation tactics.