The Himalayan Face-Off

The Himalayan Face-Off

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A”Even if bilateral trade between India and China goes beyond $100 billion in the coming years, ChinaA•s posture towards India is adversarial and will perhaps remain so in the future, with Beijing viewing New Delhi through the prism of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exileA‰ A rising China, inflexible on boundary dispute resolution and with strong tentacles across South Asia and beyond, could encroach on IndiaA•s strategic space and lead to a potential crisis this decade.A• In April 2013, Indian troops sighted an advance patrol of the Chinese PeopleA•s Liberation Army (PLA) 19 km deep within Indian territory, a considerable distance from the Line of Actual Control, the de facto border claim line that was drawn up after the 1962 war between the two countries A a war that still traumatizes the mind of IndiaA•s political and military establishment. Protracted negotiations led to the withdrawal of Chinese troops, but the incursion laid bare the intent of the worldA•s largest standing army. Despite recent advances in the bilateral relationship, highlighted by the nearly $70 billion trade between the two countries, China continues to regard Indian interests as secondary, and India as a regional adversary. In this breakthrough work, seasoned journalist and author of the bestselling Indian Mujahideen Shishir Gupta details the various advances made by Beijing, particularly the PLA, in encircling India and stifling the latterA•s bid to break out as an aspiring superpower. Gupta discusses Indian political, diplomatic and military responses to ChinaA•s assertion in the subcontinent and beyond, and the various course corrections India must undergo in its foreign and defence policies to counter ChinaA•s might and influence on matters of IndiaA•s national security. In describing how India must realize and counter ChinaA•s clout over its friends and enemies if it is to achieve superpower status, Gupta sheds new light on Indo-China relations. The Himalayan Face-Off: Chinese Assertion and the Indian Riposte is an important reminder of the realigned geopolitics of the modern world, where the two most populous nations on the planet are essentially battling each other over their share of the global pie A sometimes on the worldA•s highest battlegrounds. '22 25 29 34 35 38 40 43 44 47 56 AI 57 AI 58 62 66 1 3 6 system/files/IB_Chinasterrorialclaim.pdf ... ).pdf AIanbsp;...

Title:The Himalayan Face-Off
Author:Shishir Gupta
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2014-04-15


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