Between China and India, there is room for dialogue

Beyond the blows and the high verb, Beijing and New Delhi have exchanged signs of willingness to moderate their border conflict. India has moved closer to Washington but is not keen to line up, analyzes the Singapore daily.

Chinese and Indian border troops clashed on June 15 in the Galwan Valley region, which they are fighting over, engaging in heavy hand-to-hand fighting, which has resulted in dozens of injuries and deaths officers and soldiers. Even if the two countries blame each other, restraint remains in both high-level camps.

Like all the countries of the world, China and India have not yet completely emerged from the economic downturn they are going through because of the coronavirus epidemic[l’Inde connaît une augmentation rapide des cas et la Chine une crise de l’emploi]; they therefore cannot afford to let border disputes distract the attention of their governments. Furthermore, the geopolitical changes brought about by the pandemic, in particular the surge of anti-globalization, will constitute serious challenges for the livelihoods of their peoples. It is therefore in the interest of both countries to control border clashes to avoid an escalation.

According to known elements, the border troops of the two countries clashed with punches, sticks and stones, but did not use firearms, proof that the two armies respected a tacit agreement aimed at to avoid an escalation of violence. Some have said in this respect with humor that the armies used the weapons of the fourth great world war. They thus indirectly pointed out a cruel reality, namely that China and India being two countries possessing nuclear weapons and with immense population, any armed conflict between them can degenerate into a catastrophic nuclear war.

As analysts point out, border clashes linked to sovereignty disputes between China and India are still taking place in mountainous regions several thousand kilometers high, in relief



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The title was born from the merger in 1983 of two former Singaporean newspapers, Nanyang Siang Pau and Sin Chew. Today one of the most read in the region and the first daily newspaper in Chinese in the city-state, it belongs to Singapore


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