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In Ladakh, India has little choice but to make China pay a cost

Avoiding hard choices in Ladakh is only postponing the inevitable reckoning

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India China border row | Ladakh standoff | border dispute

Ajai Shukla 



Ajai Shukla

China’s violations of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at multiple locations in eastern Ladakh, its blocking of Indian troops from territory that our jawans have patrolled for decades and its almost contemptuous rejection of India’s calls for a return to the positions of April, underlines the disdain in which Beijing holds New Delhi. India’s political leaders — with their cynical focus on domestic politics — have repeatedly chorused Beijing’s assertion that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has not captured any Indian territory and that the dispute is all about “differing perceptions of the LAC.” Chinese officials will be rightly wondering what, in these circumstances, there is to negotiate.

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First Published: Fri, September 04 2020. 01:19 IST

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