India’s Limited Options on China: The Wire

India failed to anticipate China’s aggression along the shared border and now must respond to a deadly clash that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and, by some reports, twice as many Chinese – along with China’s claim to Galwan Valley. Both sides have engaged in road-building and moved troops in the area. Ashok K. Mehta reviews events since early May and India’s premature assurances that the situation was in control. “All of this was quite the opposite of what PLA had in mind: to maintain and consolidate its multiple intrusions, especially at GRV, to interdict India’s strategic highway from Darbuk-Shyok to DBO, a road which is being built and never objected to by China since work began in 2010,” Mehta writes. “The disengagement process has been suspended even as high tension prevails in confrontational deployments.” Bilateral ties are damaged. China criticizes India’s reorganization of political status for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh territories along the border, and has fortified positions. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, India’s options are limited. – YaleGlobal

India’s Limited Options on China: The Wire

Uncertainty surrounds Prime Minister Modi’s response to a border clash with China – analysts expect economic and diplomatic response, not military
Ashok K. Mehta
Monday, June 22, 2020

Read the article from the Wire about India's limited options for dealing with China on the border dispute.

General Ashok K. Mehta was part of the monitoring team of Defence Planning Staff in MOD of the year long PLA intrusion at Sumdorong chu in 1987/88. 

Also read “The Tangled Web of India-China Relations” from the Lowy Institute.

Challenges to China-India Relations:  -	India’s trade deficit with China  -	US targeting of Chinese technology firms -	India’s strategic tilt toward US and participation in Quad -	Sino-centric vs multipolar order for Asia -	Influence in the Indian Ocean -	Belt and Road Initiative in Pakistan  -	India’s quest to join Nuclear Suppliers Group   -	Border disputes
(Source: Lowy Institute)

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