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China-India Crisis Turns Deadly

June 24, 2020

Episode Notes:

Ties between China and India, the two most populous nations in the world, are the worst they’ve been in over 50 years. Skirmishes between the nuclear-armed neighbors over their disputed border in the Himalayas turned deadly on June 15. Soldiers engaged in gruesome hand-to-hand combat along desolate mountain ridges, threw rocks, and fought with wooden clubs wrapped in barbed wire. Some fell hundreds of feet into river gorges. The fighting resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and likely a similar number of Chinese soldiers, although Beijing refuses to confirm battlefield fatalities.

Tanvi Madan joins the Warcast to explain the current crisis in Sino-Indian ties. Tanvi is a senior fellow and the director of the India Project at the Brookings Institution, and is the recent author of Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped US-India Relations during the Cold War.

[ 01:20 ] What caused the crisis?

[ 04:05 ] What’s the future of India’s China policy?

[ 07:27 ] How should Washington respond?

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