China-India border dispute

China-India border dispute

China and India have a long history of troubles along their 3,488 kilometre undemarcated border that includes a war in 1962 and a number of more recent clashes such as the Doklam stand-off in 2017.

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Did China miscalculate the rise of India?
While China’s attention was fixed on a new Cold War with the United States, tensions on its troubled Himalayan border with India erupted last month in the deadliest clash in over 50 years. The fatal skirmish rubbed salt into an old wound that has refused to heal since the 1962 border war, and raised questions about China’s strategic calculations about the rise of India. It also prompted fears about armed conflicts, and worries that the nuclear powers may find themselves in a deadly manifestation of the Thucydides Trap. The much-debated concept, which was coined by Harvard professor Graham Allison in reference to the possibility of military confrontations when a rising power threatens a domin
India bans TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps as border row escalates
The Indian government has banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps as its border row with China spilled over into arenas including tech, privacy and national security. The unprecedented ban, which came weeks after 20 soldiers died in a border clash in the Himalayas, is likely to affect one in three mobile users in India. India is the biggest market for TikTok, the wildly popular video-sharing app that has been downloaded more than 660 million times since its launch, according to an estimate by app intelligence agency Sensor Tower. TikTok has between 120 and 200 million active users in the country. The move marked another attempt by India to reduce dependence on its neighbor’s products and put
Inkstone Explains: India and China’s deadliest border clash in decades
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Explains unravels the ideas and context behind the headlines to help you understand news about China. 14,000 feet above sea level, a Himalayan border clash between the Chinese and Indian militaries using only sticks and rocks left 20 Indian soldiers dead and 76 injured in June 2020, Indian officials said. Beijing has not detailed the casualties suffered by the Chinese side. It was the most violent clash between the two countries in decades, fueling nationalist anger in both India and China. Both governments have said they want to cool tensions.  The conflict has its roots in a century-old border dispute between the two nuclear powers, which turned bloody 
China tight-lipped after India border skirmish
A bloody skirmish between Indian and Chinese soldiers along a disputed border last week left 20 Indian soldiers dead and 76 injured, but we do not know the casualty numbers from the Chinese side.  This is by design, as Beijing has been reluctant to comment publicly on any casualties from the Galwan Valley incident. On Tuesday, foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian dismissed Indian media reports claiming 40 Chinese soldiers had been killed, calling it “fake news.”   Three separate sources told the South China Morning Post that China’s casualty count was much lower than India’s and Beijing remained silent to avoid escalating tensions.  Spokesman Zhao said the two sides “agreed to take nece
China and India blame each other for first deadly clash in decades
China’s foreign minister on Wednesday accused Indian troops of provoking the border clashes on Monday that left at least 20 people dead, saying Beijing was determined to maintain its territorial integrity. In the highest level communication since the deadliest conflict in the region for more than four decades, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar over the phone that the two sides should resolve their tensions through dialogue and keep the border safe, the Chinese foreign ministry quoted him as saying. The call was the latest move to de-escalate tensions after at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the clash in the Galwan River alley. China
China flexing military muscle in border dispute with India
The latest tensions between China and India have further fueled both countries’ build-up of troops and weapons to assert territorial claims at their disputed border areas. There has been no official confirmation of the numbers of troops each nation has deployed, but reports have suggested that the PLA has sent multiple advanced weapon systems and refitted fighter jets for operation in high altitude areas of the Tibetan plateau. The Indian army, too, has moved several battalions from an infantry division to “operational alert areas” along the frontier, and reinforcement troops have been brought in. Hong Kong-based military expert Liang Guoliang said Beijing had deployed at least nine combine