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    All you need to know about the Doklam dispute

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/i.../1/995385.html
    A scrimmage in a Border Station
    A canter down some dark defile
    Two thousand pounds of education
    Drops to a ten-rupee jezail


    http://i.imgur.com/IPT1uLH.jpg

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    Default A near 'small war' in the Himalayas

    The last "hot war" along the Sino-Indian border was long ago in 1962, when China successfully invaded. For reference:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Indian_War

    Not exactly an ideal place for combat, there is the climate and the terrain. It takes time to acclimatize before you can cope.

    The West, even more so the USA was preoccupied with the Cuban Crisis.

    I have relied upon Shashank Joshi's tweets to alert me, in particular a NYT report:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/26/world/asia/dolam-plateau-china-india-bhutan.html?

    On July 21st Shashank wrote this:https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-in...ndia-and-china
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    The latest comment by Shashank Joshi (RUSI), that ends with:
    On 2 August, China released a fifteen-page statement reiterating its case and its demand for an Indian withdrawal, but ended on the softer note that ‘China and India are the world’s largest developing countries’.
    However, a protracted standoff, stretching into 2018, and involving Chinese pressure on India both on and beyond the border, remains a serious possibility. Given that the India–China relationship was, even before this crisis, at its lowest ebb in many years, this would herald a new phase of heightened mistrust and competition across the Indo–Pacific region. Indeed, even if the dispute is settled a markedly harder edge to relations will persist.
    Link:https://rusi.org/commentary/india-an...am-row-plateau

    Mindful of history can the world of diplomacy, regardless of who is involved, really cope with two crises that threaten more than a 'small war'? Yes, the Himalayan and Korean.
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    Default Two nuclear-armed powers have stepped back from the brink — for now

    A short BBC report on the diplomatic solution, just whether either side has won is a moot point:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41070767

    A more detailed examination of what can be learned from this crisis, thanks to WoTR. It opens with:
    The immediate crisis seems to be over, but it offers tantalizing insights into Chinese coercive strategies and how they may be thwarted. This has implications not only for India in its own land border disputes, but also for several Southeast Asian nations and the United States, as they all confront China’s attempts to expand its control and influence.
    Link:https://warontherocks.com/2017/08/co...ase-of-doklam/
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    Default Moderator at work

    I have merged a small thread, with 7.9k views, with five posts on the 2017 crisis into this the main thread.
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