What should be concerning in the wake of Galwan and the reported loss of lives also of Chinese troops, is that Beijing will now be particularly prone to viewing any Indian action as provocative and seek to respond in an overwhelming manner as a way of saving face.
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.
The next ‘informal summit’ between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be held in Varanasi on 12 October. The announcement of the date has been accompanied in recent days by a series of reports on the state of affairs on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries.Continue reading “India-China Boundary Dispute: LAC Transgressions Will Continue”
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.
Review of Shiv Kunal Verma’s ‘1962: The War That Wasn’t’
Indian infrastructure development in its border areas is a complex mix of national security considerations, political gamesmanship and economic rent-seeking
While the Ladakh incident was eventually resolved by a combination of military-to-military meetings and diplomatic interactions, three aspects stand out.
The ‘incursion’ by Chinese soldiers in the Depsang Plains in Ladakh raises some fundamental questions about the Sino-Indian boundary dispute and about Indian and Chinese policies.
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