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Speakers: Chaired by Dr Louise Tillin (Director, King’s India Institute, King's College London)

  • Professor Harsh Pant (Professor of International Relations, King’s India Institute and Director of Research, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi)
  • Dr Walter Ladwig (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Department of War Studies, King’s College London)
  • Dr Nicola Leveringhaus (Lecturer in War Studies, East Asian Security and International Relations, Department of War Studies, King’s College London)

Abstract: In June, tensions along the disputed Himalayan border between India and China spilled over into a violent confrontation in which at least 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives. Casualties on the Chinese side are unclear. This is the worst violence between the two nuclear-armed countries since the 1962 India-China war. Despite the warm public relations between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping, strains in the relationship between China and India have been evident in recent years as a result of trade tensions and competing infrastructural projects in their borderlands.

In this seminar, we consider the history of Sino-Indian relations in the Himalayas and assess the strategic significance of the current escalation.

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At this event

Louise Tillin

Professor of Politics

Kerry  Brown

Director, Lau China Institute

Harsh V Pant

Professor of International Relations

Walter Ladwig III

Senior Lecturer in International Relations