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.
India needs to rethink its ties with Pakistan and China in order to transform its external environment.
By refusing to engage with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, India’s policymakers are letting go of opportunities to shape and influence events in its two largest neighbours
Chinese Defence Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie’s visit to India highlighted four important issues in the Sino-Indian bilateral relationship – the AfPak situation, the boundary dispute, bilateral military cooperation, and Chinese views about the Indian media.
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.
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
The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is today a strategic and commercial asset for both China and Pakistan but it has also been responsible for transporting terrorism, drugs and disease. Indeed, for Pakistan, the resultant Chinese concerns are no small matter. Its policy towards the Northern Areas invariably invokes the link that the region provides with China and the importance of the trade with that country.