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India-China Territorial Dispute in Perspective

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India-China Territorial Dispute in Perspective

Mustansar Hussain Tasir

Amidst their historical territorial rivalry and divergent regional and global outlooks, a rapid rise of China and India on world stage has further added to their existing geopolitical and geo-economic contest. Various international observers see their quest for absolute dominance in their overlapping spheres of interest and influence in different perspectives. Keeping in view their historical background of a war, i.e. that of 1962, conflicts and intrusions as well as their being several times on the brink of war, the future relationship between the two old and distinct civilizations is more likely to remain strained. Their territorial disputes led them to a full-scale war in 1962, and the postwar era, too, has been marked with unremitting distrust despite the fact that both sides have achieved greater economic interdependence and their bilateral trade volume reached $87.07 billion in 2018-19. Indian import from China was US$70.32 billion in 2018-19 while Indian export to China was just US$ 16.75 billion in the same period; thus, India’s trade deficit was $53.57 billion.

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