Skip to comments.India and China step back from the brink of war — but can it last?
Posted on 09/09/2017 7:27:07 PM PDT by BBell
How did India and China, nuclear-armed nations collectively home to 36 percent of the worlds people, go from conflict to camaraderie in less than a week? At the end of August, two months into the worst border standoff between the two countries in decades, there were whispers of war. But this week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping joined Russia, South Africa and Brazil in declaring war on Pakistan-based terror groups.
What just happened? Can it last? And should we trust it?
For the moment, it appears Beijings aspirations to be a global leader in a multipolar world have prevailed over bilateral tensions and the competing ambitions of Asias two biggest powers but not before India outstared China in the Doklam border dispute, compelling an interim cessation of hostilities.
The epicenter of the worst seismic shock to India-China relations since the 1980s was the reclusive and gentle mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Bordering China to the north and India to the south, Bhutan where growth is measured in terms of national happiness, the population is under 800,000 and democracy is less than a decade old was at the heart of an unlikely dispute that triggered high-octane threats from Beijing as well as lowbrow, racist videos about India. The dispute erupted after the expansion of a road by China in Doklam, in territory claimed by Bhutan. Indian troops swiftly moved into the area to assist its ally, which still does not have diplomatic relations with Beijing. The Modi government showed its nerve by refusing to withdraw its soldiers unless China agreed to pull back it bulldozers.
Eventually, a diplomatic occasion proved to be the ace in Indias hand. Modi indicated he might skip a summit of the BRICS countries China, Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa
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China is on a losing streak.
Who do we root for?
US policy today is overwhelmingly against China. Our relations with India, Pakistan, Japan, Korea, Russia and other nations are really all about China.
They are North Korea’s two largest trading partners, now sharing a common enemy, the US. New focus, so they put their conflict aside for the moment.
Scenerio: 2 nuclear armed nations have an exchange. Fallout. Everyone in the northern hemisphere goes indoors. Do we drop a few just to clear the decks even more? Plenty of targets of opportunity if no one suspects it’s us.
“What just happened? Can it last? And should we trust it?”
Tune in next week to this station when we finally say, “Is it any of our business and that we don’t have a say in it. We can’t order the world to do anything.”
And will Jody’s mom finally finance the new wing of the hospital if the doctor saves Jody’s life?
These people didn’t get big by slaughtering their neighbors and themselves. Stay out of the way.
Anti-Americanism outweighs everything else.
India - I think? Isn’t China building a road on a high plane where they shouldn’t be building.
India, of course.
India is North Korea’s trading partner?
Yes, second largest.
I could not find a source...where did you find the data?
I did find this article from ‘The Diplomat’. http://thediplomat.com/2017/07/indias-u-turn-on-north-korea-policy/
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