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Territorial Nationalism A Dead End For India’s Modi

Many Indian strategic analysts have misconceptions that China continues to perceive India as a significant hurdle to Beijing’s ambition for global prominence. Chinese strategists don’t see India as their strategic rival in the short to medium term. However, they consider it a future competitor, say 50-60 years down the road.

Read Here – The Asia Times

Also Read: India’s China Strategy Is Changing

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

China And India’s Deadly Border Dispute: Why We Should Worry

The border dispute is a reflection of a deeper problem: the underlying, deep-rooted mistrust and hostility between China and India, each feeling insecure about the other nation’s growing economic and military power. The two countries, with a combined population of more than 2.8 billion people, both have nuclear weapons, strong nationalist leaders, and growing nationalist voices that demand “tough” actions and counter actions.

Read Here – National Review

History, The standoff, And Policy Worth Re-reading

The deadly clashes at Galwan and the ongoing standoff between India and China on the ridges or “fingers” around the Pangong Tso are a metaphor for the wider conflict between the two countries over all the areas that Chinese strategy refers to as the “five fingers of the Tibetan palm”. According to the construct, attributed to Mao and cited in the 1950s by Chinese officials, Xizang (Tibet) was China’s right palm, and it was its responsibility to “liberate” the fingers, defined as Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA, or Arunachal Pradesh).

Read Here – The Hindu 

The Chinese Way Of War

The problem in 1962 also began with Indian troops trying to improve their positions in the disputed territories: the so-called Forward Policy. Mao Zedong’s government decided to drive the Indian Army out of all the land under dispute, and then, after the Indians had been “taught a lesson,” to declare a unilateral ceasefire and pull all China’s troops back to their original positions. It was a major military operation, with 700 Chinese and over 3,000 Indian soldiers killed or missing. But Mao predicted that it “will guarantee at least 30 years of peace” along the frontier, and that’s just what it did.

Read Here – Japan Times

Why Is China Downplaying Its Border Clash With India?

Why is China keeping quiet? India and China both have well-developed mythologies of national martyrdom in war, and the Indian soldiers who died are already filling that role. But it seems unlikely that China will even release the names of the dead. There is state hostility toward releasing any sensitive information—and especially for the opaque military. As indicated by the lack of media coverage, Beijing wants to keep its options open—and it doesn’t want to be trapped by public opinion calling for escalation.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

China Is Foolish To Make An Enemy Of India

While India may pose little threat to China today, one day it will. This is a country that is younger and hungrier than its neighbour to the north and that will, given its size and increasing ties to democratic partners such as the U.S., Japan and Australia, inevitably rival China in military capability.

Read Here – Bloomberg Opinion

Can India And China Still Back Down?

With a still-raging pandemic, a looming economic catastrophe, and tense worldwide protests over racism and police violence, about the last thing the world needs right now is a land war between its two largest countries—which have about 430 nuclear warheads between them.

Read Here – Slate

18 Modi-Xi meetings, Several Pacts: Killings Breach Consensus, Dent Diplomacy

The killing of 20 Indian Army personnel including a Colonel-rank officer along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has set off considerable disquiet in South Block. The “violent face-off,” New Delhi said, happened as a result of an attempt by the Chinese side to “unilaterally change the status quo” along the Line of Actual Control in Galwan valley.

Read Here – The Indian Express

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