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India and China step back from the brink of war but can it last?
https://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 9/7/17 | Barkha Dutt

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 world’s 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 Beijing’s aspirations to be a global leader in a multipolar world have prevailed over bilateral tensions and the competing ambitions of Asia’s 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 India’s hand. Modi indicated he might skip a summit of the BRICS countries — China, Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: china; chinacrisis; chinaindiawar; india; opinion; war

1 posted on 09/09/2017 7:27:07 PM PDT by BBell
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To: BBell

China is on a losing streak.


2 posted on 09/09/2017 7:36:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Who do we root for?


3 posted on 09/09/2017 7:39:17 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

US policy today is overwhelmingly against China. Our relations with India, Pakistan, Japan, Korea, Russia and other nations are really all about China.


4 posted on 09/09/2017 7:41:19 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Benedict McCain is the worst traitor ever to wear the uniform of the US military.)
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To: BBell

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.


5 posted on 09/09/2017 7:42:47 PM PDT by Reno89519 (Drain the Swamp is not party specific. Lyn' Ted is still a liar, Good riddance to him.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

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.


6 posted on 09/09/2017 7:44:20 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: BBell

“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.

rwood


7 posted on 09/09/2017 8:56:10 PM PDT by Redwood71
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To: BBell

No.

Next question.


8 posted on 09/09/2017 9:03:47 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: BBell

Anti-Americanism outweighs everything else.


9 posted on 09/09/2017 9:18:28 PM PDT by TBP (President Trump needs to reopen the criminal investigation of the IRS as soo0bama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

India - I think? Isn’t China building a road on a high plane where they shouldn’t be building.


10 posted on 09/09/2017 9:24:03 PM PDT by datricker (Why are Trump lawyers on TV and not Hillary's - Lock her up! Lock her up!)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

India, of course.


11 posted on 09/09/2017 9:28:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: Reno89519

India is North Korea’s trading partner?


12 posted on 09/10/2017 7:03:10 AM PDT by Republic_Venom (It's time for some Republic Venom!)
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To: Republic_Venom

Yes, second largest.


13 posted on 09/10/2017 7:36:43 AM PDT by Reno89519 (Drain the Swamp is not party specific. Lyn' Ted is still a liar, Good riddance to him.)
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To: Reno89519

I could not find a source...where did you find the data?


14 posted on 09/10/2017 7:47:03 AM PDT by Republic_Venom (It's time for some Republic Venom!)
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To: Republic_Venom

I did find this article from ‘The Diplomat’. http://thediplomat.com/2017/07/indias-u-turn-on-north-korea-policy/


15 posted on 09/10/2017 7:50:16 AM PDT by Republic_Venom (It's time for some Republic Venom!)
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