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Sino-Indian Border Crisis Escalates

September 9, 2020

Episode Notes:

For the first time since 1975, Chinese and Indian troops have exchanged gun fire along their contested border. Although no one appears to have been injured, it is the latest in a series of dangerous incidents this year between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. In June, over 20 Indian soldiers — and an unknown number of Chinese forces — were killed in hand-to-hand combat. While the situation seemed to have settled down in the latter half of the summer, it now appears that brinksmanship on the border between Asia’s two largest powers will continue for the foreseeable future.

Vipin Narang — an associate professor of political science and member of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a nonresident scholar in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace — joins to the Warcast to discuss the latest on the Sino-Indian border.

[ 01:14 ] What happened in the last week along the Sino-Indian border that resulted in this exchange of gun fire?

[ 08:06 ] Who in each country’s military or political system is calling the shots during the border crisis?

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