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Modi Takes Veiled Dig At China On Ladakh Visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the “age of expansionism” is over, as he paid tribute to soldiers killed in last month’s border skirmish with China on a surprise visit to the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh amid escalating tension between the Asian giants.

Read Here – AlJazeera

India’s Pangong Pickle: New Delhi’s Options After Its Clash With China

Even if it can halt additional gains by the Chinese military, New Delhi may find it difficult to restore the status quo, since its options range from bad to worse to ugly. This is precisely why faits accomplis are so attractive to states, and why they are so important to reverse quickly, before they are completed and consolidated. In international politics, possession is not just nine-tenths of the law, it is the law.

Read Here – WarOnTheRocks

Modi Versus Xi: The Battle Of The Nationalist Strongmen

Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping, like other contemporaries Donald Trump, Viktor Orban, Boris Johnson, etc., are leaders with a nationalistic bent. They view their respective countries as embodiments of either Han Chinese or Hindu civilization, where the center of the world revolves around their nations in the sense that they see them as the center of history.

Read Here – The American Conservative

China’s Strategic Assessment Of The Ladakh Clash

A border settlement between China and India is unlikely in the foreseeable future, and Beijing believes it has little incentive to push for a quick resolution. China’s priority remains crisis management and escalation prevention, until India is willing to embrace a package deal which basically follows the earlier trade between the eastern section and the western section, with the exception of Tawang.

Read Here – WaOnTheRocks

Understand China’s India Strategy: Nibbling Territory Isn’t The Point Of It

The strategy is to create a war psychology. If China wants to stop India from taking certain decisions contrary to Chinese interests, it can achieve this by raising the risk of kinetic conflict. If Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his inner circle come to believe that war can follow upon their decisions, they will be increasingly reluctant to act and/or even become paralysed. In large measure, this is a subtle and repetitive exercise in psychological conditioning.

Read Here – The Times of India

Mirror Images?

India and China are neighbors with vexed relations. The most that can be said about them is that they share almost equal measures of mutual incomprehension.

Read Here – The Diplomat

The Elusive Silk Route

India and China have a long history of economic collaboration, probably the oldest among nations today. In the contemporary era, however, that relationship is more recent and much thinner.

Read Here – The Hindu

Li Visits India, Focus On Border and Business

Li’s objective is to tell wary Indians that they have nothing to fear from their powerful neighbor to the north, despite everything you’ve heard about China trying to intimidate India over disputed borders. The goal is to woo India away from the U.S. “China is trying to sell hard the idea of an independent foreign policy,” says Srikanth Kondapalli, professor in Chinese Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. “Which means creating kinds of enclaves and not joining the U.S. bandwagon.”

Read Here – Businessweek


A fortnight after Chinese troops ended their incursion into the Depsang valley in Ladakh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Monday asked their Special Representatives (SRs) to consider more measures that may be needed to maintain peace and tranquility along the border.

Read Here – Indian Express

China’s First ‘Blue Book’ On India Sees A Government In ‘Serious Crisis’

The first ever ‘blue book’ on India released in China by a prominent official Beijing publisher has portrayed a government in “serious crisis,” but expressed the belief that India would likely emerge as a stronger country by conquering its current obstacles.

Chinese think tanks release ‘blue books’ every year on a number of issues. While not representing the government’s view, the books are put together by official think tanks and the projects are understood to be given tacit backing by the government.

Read Here – The Hindu

Chinese Lessons In Diplomacy

India cannot afford to be complacent in spite the fact that the issue has been resolved in a win-win manner, as the Chinese media claims. In fact, the Ladakh border episode will be regarded as a watershed in the bilateral relations. India is faced with a new reality of having to deal with an assertive China, which often sets the rules of the game. Knee-jerk response aimed at short-term palliatives is certainly not the answer. India needs to carefully assess Chinese intentions.

Read Here – Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses

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