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China and India End Himalayan Standoff…for Now


Three weeks ago Chinese troops ventured 19 kilometers inside Indian territory and set up camp, prompting frantic Indian officials to insist they withdraw or face the consequences. Yesterday, finally, India and China agreed to end the Great Himalayan Standoff of 2013…for now.

The Indian military apparently had retaliated against the Chinese invaders by setting up its own camp a mere 500 meters away, but now both sides are withdrawing their forces—the Chinese back to China and the Indians back to an acceptable distance from the frontier.

The larger issue still has not been resolved, however. China and India do not agree on the actual location of the border along several areas, and other points of contention between the two Asian giants are no closer to being straightened out (to name a few: the Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India; Chinese plans to dam the Brahmaputra River, which flows into India; and Chinese naval incursions into the Indian Ocean).

The latest border standoff is a reminder that India and China have many long-simmering disagreements, several of which could bubble over at a moment’s notice. As nationalism waxes throughout Asia, standoffs and disagreements like this one have the potential to grow in both frequency and intensity.

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  • Jim Luebke

    So does the US have a plan in the event of nuclear war between India and China?

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