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KT edit: India-China row deepens

Filed on September 10, 2020

Both sides seem to be flexing their muscles at the moment, but a resolution should be sought through talks

The use of firearms along the India-China border, the first in decades, marks a serious escalation in the conflict that has been building up in recent months. Until now, firearms were forbidden for use along this disputed border area. In June, a gun-less brawl between Indian and Chinese troops led to casualties on both sides. The Indian government said 20 of its troops were killed. And now, irrespective of which side fired the warning shots, the clash at the disputed border in a highly treacherous terrain has all the markings of spiralling into a wider conflict if conscious efforts are not made to resolve the issue through talks. Pertinently, this incident has occurred after the defence ministers of the two countries had met during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Russia last week. All eyes are now on the next meeting between the Indian and Chinese foreign ministers in Russia on Friday. 

The fact is, neither side would want a war at this time, especially when both the countries and the world at large are focussed on battling the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, rising nationalism in both countries would ensure that neither side would want to back down either. India has already shown its displeasure by banning 118 Chinese apps in the country. Both sides seem to be flexing their muscles at the moment, but a resolution should be sought through talks. There is no better way than that.

 


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