Review of Shiv Kunal Verma’s ‘1962: The War That Wasn’t’
The persistent Sino-Indian boundary dispute needs to be seen within the framework of centre-periphery relations in China and India and well as of their different political systems.
In India, it is easier to blame individuals for mistakes made than to identify and correct failings and shortcomings in the institutions and processes that individuals are only a part of.
Progress in Sino-Indian relations will require patience and creativity in spades.
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.
This essay examines the key agreements concluded between India and China in the post-Cold War era with implications for their boundary dispute and bilateral military CBMs.
What is the state of current military CBMs between India and China?How have these held up to the pressures of recent years?
Given Indian sensitivities over Kashmir, China’s Kashmir policy forms a useful leverage with India. But there is a fine balance that China needs to achieve which will be increasingly difficult as India grows more powerful on the world stage and if Pakistan continues to remain unstable.
A Five-Party Talks mechanism involving India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the US is essential to finding solutions to the problems of both terrorism and the Kashmir dispute