Lines in the hills: Indo-Chinese rivalry in the Himalayas
7 July 2020, 12:00 to 13:30 Please note: this event has passed
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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