4 min read.Updated: 18 Jun 2020, 06:46 AM ISTNitin Pai
Expand the canvas of our engagement with Beijing to deter a regime that seems emboldened by our predictable responses
The South China Sea is thousands of miles away from the Indian heartland. Very few people in our country pay attention to developments in that part of the world, and although it has a bearing on India’s national interest, it barely figures in our self-centred public discourse. There, over the past decade, China has incrementally occupied islands disputed by several South East Asian countries, built military infrastructure on several of them, imposed its political administration, and is on the verge of declaring an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the entire region, threatening military force against any aircraft that overflies without its permission.
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