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China incursion in Ladakh: The lesson India has not learnt

Jul 10, 2013

China incursion in Ladakh: The lesson India has not learnt

India's softly-softly approach to the latest instance of Chinese border provocation in Ladakh shows that it has not learnt one important lesson: rolling over and playing dead is a bad strategy to take on Chinese aggression on the border. #Ch-India #Ladakh #Chinese incursion in Ladakh #Chumar
Antony's visit: Why the Chinese general's warning matters

Jul 05, 2013

Antony's visit: Why the Chinese general's warning matters

Chinese officials have dismissed Chinese General Luo Yan's tough talk against India as not representing the official view. But Luo frequently channels a hardline Chinese military view that is increasingly hard to dismiss. #Ch-India #AK Antony #military #Ladakh incursion #Luo Yan
Li's visit helped reorient Chinese perceptions of India

May 22, 2013

Li's visit helped reorient Chinese perceptions of India

For perhaps the first time, media commentaries in China are conceding that Indian perceptions and fears about China needed to be understood and acknowledged. And that the Chinese lacked an understanding and a respect of India. #Manmohan Singh #Ch-India #EyeOnChina #Li Keqiang
Between India and China, even glacial change is progress

May 21, 2013

Between India and China, even glacial change is progress

India signalled to visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that the border issue is of "core interest", and withheld boilerplate acknowledge of India's commitment to the 'one China' principle. These are not without significance. #Manmohan Singh #Ch-India #Li Keqiang #OnTheContrary #Ladakh incursion
Not just niceties, China and India need to focus on thorny issues

May 20, 2013

Not just niceties, China and India need to focus on thorny issues

India's discourse with China has traditionally been trapped in the Mao-ist maze that defines how "friends" ought to conduct themselves. But Chinese statecraft has evolved, and India too must up its diplomatic game. #China #Manmohan Singh #diplomacy #Ch-India #Kevin Rudd #Li Keqiang
Li Keqiang's visit a chance to reboot India-China ties

May 19, 2013

Li Keqiang's visit a chance to reboot India-China ties

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang begins his India visit today. If India plays its cards right, and protects its interests with finesse, the two countries have the capacity to reset their relationship. #diplomacy #Ch-India #Li Keqiang #Ladakh incursion
China's push for border deal: Why India must 'trust but verify'

May 15, 2013

China's push for border deal: Why India must 'trust but verify'

Indian suspicions about Chinese grand strategems should not be allowed to impede any progress in the Sino-Indian border talks. But it is important to mark the boundary before committing to a freeze on troop and infrastructure build-up. #diplomacy #Ch-India #Border dispute #Ladakh incursion
India, China stand-off in Ladakh ends but at what cost to India?

May 06, 2013

India, China stand-off in Ladakh ends but at what cost to India?

India and China have backed off from their eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation in the Himalayas. But there is reason to believe that India may have paid a high price by giving China the right to determine what happens on our side of the fence. #China #diplomacy #Ch-India #Ladakh incursion #Depsang Valley
'Coercive diplomacy' is the key to beat China's Ladakh ingress

May 04, 2013

'Coercive diplomacy' is the key to beat China's Ladakh ingress

There is diplomatic space for India to exert itself against the Chinese incursion without resorting to military adventurism. But to exert the levers of coercive diplomacy, you need to know that you have a spine in the first place. #diplomacy #Ch-India #Ladakh incursion #Depsang Valley
Chinas Ladakh incursion is war minus the shooting

May 02, 2013

Chinas Ladakh incursion is war minus the shooting

To the extent that Chinese troops are still in notionally Indian territory and are looking to extract a price for their withdrawal, China is looking to expand its sovereignty map - without firing a single shot. #World #India #China #WhyNow #Ch-India #Ladakh #Border dispute #Ladakh incursion #Depsang Valley #Line of Actual Control