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Sino-Indian Disengagement at Pangong Lake

February 15, 2021

Episode Notes:

Late last week, China and India announced that their troops would be disengaging from positions on the north and south banks of Pangong Lake, along their disputed border in the Himalayas. The move is the significant because tanks and armored elements are being withdrawn. However, this is not the first sign of de-escalation since the border crisis between the two nuclear-armed neighbors began last April. Ties between Beijing and New Delhi are still fraught. Indeed, while the step is positive, it’s limited. Chinese and Indian troops are still facing off on other, more strategic locations along the disputed boundary.

Sushant Singh — senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi and a former Indian army officer — joins the Warcast to discuss the disengagement at Pangong Lake, and the impact of the move on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his domestic political position.

 

[ 01:13 ] Key details of disengagement

[ 04:27 ] Why disengagement at this location

[ 06:46 ] Strategic implications of this move

[ 09:07 ] Modi and domestic politics

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