Himalayan Battleground: Sino-Indian Rivalry in Ladakh

Himalayan Battleground: Sino-Indian Rivalry in Ladakh

Himalayan Battleground: Sino-Indian Rivalry in Ladakh

Himalayan Battleground: Sino-Indian Rivalry in Ladakh

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The outbreak of hostilities in the fall of 1962 at the eastern and western extremities of the far-flung Sino-Indian border was an event of outstanding significance, the widespread ramifications of which--one can safely assume--have not yet reached an end. The potential threat to world peace arising from this conflict could ultimately involve the vital interests of both Western alliances and the Communist bloc. The bloc has itself been severely strained by these developments, and certain areas of opposition between Chinese and Russian interests have been thrown into sharp relief. The long unacknowledged competition between India and China for leadership of the Afro-Asian world has been dramatically forced into the open.

Certain tensions between China and India, growing out of their diametrically opposed foreign policy aims, were indeed always discernible, but only in recent years have these differences been taken as irreconcilable. India has achieved considerable success in her efforts to reduce world tensions by reversing the trend toward polarization of nations between the Communist bloc and the West--by increasing the area of "nonalignment." The Chinese Communists, who early took the position of "leaning to one side" and scoffed at "nonalignment" as fraudulent, have appeared increasingly bent on creating and exacerbating world tensions and on sharpening the polarization process. And "leaning to one side" has not brought China the rewards, even from the Soviet Union, that "nonalignment" has brought India. Furthermore, Chinese internal failures have been in recent years rather more conspicuous than the vaunted successes supposedly obtained during its "great leap forward." China's boasts began to have a hollow ring in Asia just at the time when Indian progress gained world-wide commendation. The Chinese attacks on India may have had as one purpose to impede further Indian progress by forcing the diversion of significant Indian resources to defense. However, among . . .

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