Appeasement Policy for China: Project Syndicate

India’s buffer with China is shrinking, and India’s leaders should have anticipated China’s incursions in the Ladakh region, suggests Brahma Chellaney for Project Syndicate. China opposed India’s designation of Ladakh as a new federal territory, and labeled its recent moves as defensive. “While India was preoccupied with the COVID-19 crisis, China was apparently planning its next attempt to change the region’s territorial status quo by force,” he writes. China’s military has “established heavily fortified camps in the areas it infiltrated, in addition to deploying weapons on its side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), within striking distance of Indian deployments.” Chellaney suggests that India’s prime minister appeases China by demolishing local defense fortifications in Ladakh, courting Chinese investment and trade, avoiding official contact with the Dalai Lama and holding summits with China’s president. The goal of such polices was to weaken China’s ties with Pakistan. Chellaney urges less personalization in India’s foreign policy. – YaleGlobal

Appeasement Policy for China: Project Syndicate

A border clash in Ladakh demonstrates the unraveling and futility of India’s appeasement policy with China
Brahma Chellaney
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Read the article from Project Syndicate about the border dispute between China and India.

Brahma Chellaney, professor of Strategic Studies at the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Research and Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, is the author of nine books, including Asian JuggernautWater: Asia’s New Battleground, and Water, Peace, and War: Confronting the Global Water Crisis.

Soldiers salute India and China flags - Defense Spending and Trade Imbalances (US$ billions)	 China 2020 total defense spending $270;  India 2019 trade deficit with China ($56.77); India 2020 total defense spending	$61
China and India have long disputed their shared borders (Source: 2020 defense spending, Global Firepower; 2019 trade data, Economic Times)

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