While the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley of eastern Ladakh appears limited to the border between the two states, the confrontation extends to the sea as well. Here, India may hold an advance if it improves its power-projection capabilities.
A ‘grand bargain’, first proposed by the American diplomat Richard Holbrooke, is needed now more than ever to allay Islamabad’s concerns with India’s presence in Afghanistan, although garnering the necessary public support for peace will be no simple task.
As India’s strategic links with the US expand, New Delhi will find it difficult to shield its fruitful military relations with Russia. In theory, India does not have to face a binary choice between allies, but in practice, may increasingly be faced with precisely this predicament.
The recent Indo-Chinese rapprochement between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping is an example of a tectonic shift in great power relations. Or is it just the start of a new geopolitical chess game that prevents India from adopting a more thoughtful approach to its region?
The meeting between India’s prime minister and China’s president inspires cautious optimism, but the loose nature of the discussion is an indication that tackling longstanding differences between China and India is likely to be difficult.
India’s power projection remains in a nascent stage while its threat perceptions continue to be dominated by local threats. But as the country’s power, interests and capabilities all grow, India may...