4 min read.Updated: 01 May 2018, 10:32 PM ISTRahul Sagar
The 1962 war set in motion a chain of events that has ultimately given rise to the kind of leader that surprised China by standing firm at Doklam
China has increasingly sought to confront India on their shared border, most recently at Doklam. These confrontations are typically discussed in tactical terms: that is, they are ascribed to differences over maps and precedents. But these explanations do not get to the heart of the matter. Prosaic issues like patrolling patterns would be irrelevant were the border settled. Since China is not keen on a border settlement, it presumably finds the uncertainty beneficial. This leads to the very simple but rarely answered question: What does China want?
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