In June 2020, reports of a serious military clash involving India and China, one that led to the death of at least twenty Indian soldiers came as a shock to the international community. While journalists raised concerns over incursions from the Chinese side into the unmarked border in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir (the Line of Actual Control, or LAC), New Delhi and Beijing engaged in efforts to de-escalate the tensions.
The incident acquired a more sinister tone as it was the most significant and overt India-China conflict since 1962. A lack of clarity on operational realities from the ground gave further fuel to a discourse driven by nationalism in both nations, amidst a global pandemic and new regional economic realities.
The recent clashes, however, need to be considered from a regional as well as a global perspective, with significant dynamics also driven by India and China’s respective political situations.
Source: National Interest