While a full-fledged India-China conflict is unlikely, peace and tranquillity along the LAC are well and truly things of the past.
Talks with China should be limited to and led by military commanders under political supervision with staff support from Indian foreign ministry officials if necessary
अभी आर-पार का संघर्ष शायद ही हो, लेकिन अब यह नई सामान्य बात है कि दुरूह चोटियों पर पूरे साल सैनिक रहेंगे, मौसम-दुश्मन दोनों से जनहानि होती रहेगी
Iran is no passive actor in the Sino-Indian contest but capable of playing the two sides against each other.
China’s BRI is a whole-of-the-system approach to build on physical connectivity projects and expand these to include other softer, subtler forms of connectivity.
Chinese transgressions along the LAC indicate a significant breakdown of long-standing bilateral agreements and can be considered a tipping point. The situation will likely result in a variegated set of cold wars between India and China.
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.
Quad 2.0 has proceeded more determinedly even if slowly but the Covid-19 pandemic now offers an opportunity to step up the pace. The issue now is of ensuring that Chinese pressure does not derail its development yet again.