The Xi-ng Thing: Strategic assessment of failure of India-China military-level talks and what may lie ahead


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India made its frustration evident at the apparent failure of the latest round of military commander talks with China over the ongoing border standoff. The development carries grim portends. We may see a further intensification of tension along the entire 3500-km LAC, more deployment of troops and equipment right through the winter and a steeper dip in bilateral ties. In many ways, the 13th round of Corps Commander-level meeting at the Chushul-Moldo point on Sunday marks a shift in the trajectory of the 17-month long standoff. Up until now, despite showing intransigence, China has been amenable to disengagement from some...