China professions of neutrality in South Asia cannot be taken seriously and are, in fact, attempts to create a false sense of equivalence between India and Pakistan.
Instead of half-baked attempts at military diplomacy, India should impart greater clarity of expression and purpose to its military relationship with China. Is China a ‘strategic partner’ or a ‘strategic competitor’? Or both?
The Chinese have learnt that a country’s foreign and security policies abroad are only as good as the strength of its structures and systems at home
Review of Shiv Kunal Verma’s ‘1962: The War That Wasn’t’
Review of Shishir Gupta’s ‘The Himalayan Face-Off: Chinese Assertion and the Indian Riposte’
What is urgently required is for Indian strategy to move from reliance on the brilliance or charisma of individuals to the solidity of processes and institutions.