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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: China’s Confused India Policy a Reason for LAC Standoff

The Chinese security and foreign policy apparatus looks like it’s confused about whether to alienate India for territorial gains or to appease it for intangible and reversible promises

It’s been more than two years since tensions erupted on the India-China border leading to multiple standoffs across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. The border also witnessed violent physical clashes leading to the death of 20 Indian soldiers and at least four PLA soldiers at Galwan Valley on June 15, 2020. This was the first death on the disputed border since 1975. Since then, both sides have moved over two and a half divisions of armed forces in advanced positions and alert posture across the LAC – with the tripwire waiting to trigger at the sub-zero temperatures.


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