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Quick Edit | Mapping countries

Quick Edit | Mapping countries
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First Published: Sun, Dec 19 2010. 11 54 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Dec 19 2010. 11 54 PM IST
In the badlands of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), the eloquent logic of a borderless, globalized world holds little meaning. It is in such conflict areas that the politics of geography plays out in full force. The sharp divergence in the Chinese and Indian assessments of their shared borders is a case in point. While New Delhi estimates India- China borders to be around 3,500km long, Beijing has moved towards a notably lesser estimation—one that seems to do away with the roughly 1,600km border that the two nations share in J&K. Such blurring of borders not only subverts India’s territorial integrity, but is also symptomatic of China’s sympathies towards a J&K not controlled by India. And though Beijing’s short- term interests may lie in friendship with India—as professed during Premier Wen Jiabao’s recent visit—its long-term ambitions are a different matter. India would do well not to be hoodwinked by the duality.
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First Published: Sun, Dec 19 2010. 11 54 PM IST