New Delhi and Canberra should join forces against Beijing’s aims
India and Australia could align strategic efforts to foil China’s attempts at throwing its weight around the eastern hemisphere
Indian and Chinese troops have remained locked in a tense standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since early May, following Chinese intrusions at multiple locations in Ladakh. The violent military clashes at Galwan Valley and the ongoing military stand-off is reshaping India’s China policy decisively, as Beijing’s intransigence serves to highlight President Xi Jinping’s determination to downsize India’s physical territory, material power, economic growth, regional influence and diplomatic clout in international politics. India’s policy is also gaining traction gradually, with restrictions on Chinese investment and technology, heightened Indian military presence in the Himalayan region, and trade incentives to reduce reliance on China in strategic sectors, even as the need for closer cooperation with the US, Japan and Australia is becoming self evident.