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The so very predictable Chinese: Ladakh episode should come as no surprise

The Chinese are far from inscrutable and India shouldn't be surprised by Ladakh. It should've been anticipated when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed

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Shekhar Gupta
Why, when the Chinese PLA comes bullying its way along the borders in Ladakh am I invoking an outrageous American political satirist, P J O’Rourke?

Among his finest pieces is his “A Brief History of Man”. You can find it in his collection “Republican Party Reptile” or publisher’s link. In less than a thousand brilliant words it spans the entire human history. He takes all the great civilisations and reigns that rose and fell or survived in that sweep.

What’s relevant to us today is one short sentence in which he dismissed China: “Meanwhile,
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First Published: May 30 2020 | 1:39 AM IST

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