The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) invites you to a virtual panel discussion on: ‘One year after Galwan: The road ahead for Sino India Relations’
- Taylor Fravel, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Suhasini Haidar, National Editor and Diplomatic Affairs Editor, The Hindu
- Shyam Saran, Former Indian Foreign Secretary and Senior Fellow, CPR
- Sushant Singh, Senior Fellow, CPR
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About the Discussion
On 15 June 2020, 20 Indian soldiers and at least 4 Chinese PLA soldiers lost their lives in a clash in Galwan Valley, in what were the first deaths in military clashes in Ladakh after the 1962 War. The incident came six weeks after the border crisis began in Ladakh which has since seen thousands of soldiers from both armies confront each other at high altitude in inhospitable weather. The process of disengagement which started in February has been stalled, with no de-escalation or de-induction, and no disengagement at other 'friction points'.
In an attempt to tackle the Chinese threat, India has attempted internal and external rebalancing but its stated goal of restoring the status quo ante as of April 2020 remains elusive. New Delhi has reoriented some of its forces from the Pakistan front towards the China front, even as it has sought peace on the Line of Control with Pakistan. India has also attended the Quad summit and made other moves to work closely with its strategic partners in the Indo-Pacific. Meanwhile, Beijing has moved more aggressively into the neighbourhood as India's mishandling of the second wave of the pandemic has placed it in a precarious situation. The trade imbalance remains weighed in Beijing's favour even as India attempts to keep Chinese high-technology companies out.
With India's economic growth subsiding and additional military deployments on the China border continuing, India finds itself at a crossroad. What are the diplomatic, military, political and economic choices before India? Where does the road from Galwan lead to for Sino-Indian relations?