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Sino-Indian Border Crisis in the Himalayas

June 2, 2020

Episode Notes:

Chinese and Indian troops are engaged in a dangerous standoff over their disputed border. Information is scarce about this crisis in the Himalayas, but according to Indian media reports, it started in late April when 5,000 Chinese troops intruded across the Line of Actual Control, the de facto border between the two countries. The Indian Army appears to have been taken by surprise.

Jeff M. Smith joins the Warcast to explain developments in South Asia. Jeff is a research fellow in The Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center, and is the author/editor of Asia’s Quest for Balance: China’s Rise and Balancing in the Indo-Pacific and the author of Cold Peace: China-India Rivalry in the 21st Century.

[ 01:05 ] What started this crisis

[ 03:16 ] What’s new about this incident

[ 05:45 ] Official responses from Beijing and New Delhi

[ 10:09 ] What to look for going forward

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