Indian infrastructure development in its border areas is a complex mix of national security considerations, political gamesmanship and economic rent-seeking
Tag Archives: Arunachal Pradesh
Chinese Claims on Arunachal: A Consequence of the Sino-Tibetan Dispute
In the mid-1980s, the core of the boundary dispute for China shifted eastward to Arunachal Pradesh. At least three possible reasons can be highlighted for this new Chinese emphasis. .
2012 Kicks Off: No Visas and More Boundaries
The Sino-Indian relationship is today, bigger than the boundary dispute and the resolution of the dispute does not by itself guarantee smooth sailing for the future. Far from it.
Q&A: The India-China Border Conflict
Interview originally published by the World Politics Review’s Global Insider on 23 November 2011.
Integrating the Outlier: Arunachal Pradesh as Development Project and Dilemma
Arunachal Pradesh’s disputed status, unique socio-cultural makeup and difficult geographic location have elicited multifaceted responses from Indian policymakers. How has this Indian ‘development agenda’ affected and molded the political economy of Arunachal Pradesh and what does it say about the role and place of Arunachal in the Indian political system and imagination?
Arunachal: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward?
The issuing of stapled visas by China to Arunachalis is possibly, a step forward, an acknowledgement that the area in question is disputed, and by implication, amenable to resolution by negotiations. This in turn indicates that China has taken a step back from its previous position of no visas being required.
Sino-Indian Boundary Dispute: Provinces/States as Ice-Breakers
The solution to both the political and economic discontent of Chinese provinces and Indian states as well as the unresolved boundary dispute between the two countries could be to allow their provinces greater freedom to interact with each other in terms of people-to-people and economic contacts
Beyond the McMahon Line
The development of the North East hinges on a range of factors. One of the aspects that could play an important role in the matter is the improvement of infrastructure along the India-China boundary in the sector. While both India and China have legitimate security interests to consider along their common, disputed frontiers, renewed focus on developing border relations between the two Asian giants, especially in the light of recent infrastructure developments in the North East, could have a salutary effect.