There is little that actually changes on the ground on the LAC between India and China despite the latter’s rhetoric. It could also be reasonably argued that a change in the status of J&K is not a major concern for China in so far as it involves Pakistan.
New Delhi should incentivize its border communities by believing in and building on their central role in history as entrepreneurs and diplomats.
A smart, forward-looking Indian leadership should not pass up the opportunity to increase economic linkages with Pakistan, and provide the latter an alternative to China.
There is no real Tibet card for New Delhi to play and India ignores its own Buddhists while supporting the Dalai Lama.
India needs to give Ladakh greater agency in order to ensure that this region can function as its pivot to Central Asia and to challenge Chinese domination there.
India needs to rethink its ties with Pakistan and China in order to transform its external environment.
Originally published as Jabin T. Jacob, ‘China’s Provinces and Foreign Policy: Lessons and Implications for India and its States’ in Subir Bhaumik (ed.), Agartala Doctrine: A Proactive Northeast in India Foreign Policy (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 253-70. Extracts Even without their rising world profiles as a starting point, it has long been aContinue reading “Indian States and Foreign Policy: Lessons from Chinese Provinces”
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