What is the Indo-China dispute?
On the intervening night of June 15-16, a standoff between India and China was witnessed for the first time in more than four decades. The fight was not fought with guns but it was hand-to-hand combat at one of the highest battle fronts. India lost its 20 army personnel, while China has still not disclosed its casualties. Both the governments have sworn to not bow down.
China moved two brigade strength of People’s Liberation Army, over 6000 soldiers and support elements, at four locations in eastern Ladakh, three in the Galwan Valley and one near Pangong Lake. In response, India also moved an equal number of high-altitude warfare troops to these areas closer to the Line of Actual Control. But while de-escalation talks were going on, the brutal attack happened.
India-China… friends or foe
Our relationship with China has been fraught with suspicion after the war of 1962. India and China though have shown cordial relations, the two countries have never been friends. Indians could never trust Chinese again after the bloody war.
China, the usurper
Every now and then China claims to own some territory on Indian land. As India and China share an enormous length of border, this has been a problem for India. Be it Arunachal, Sikkim or Ladakh, China continue to show aggression in these Indian territories.
Tibet was a Himalayan free country on the border between India and China. After China occupied Tibet in the 1950s, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet and was given refuge by the Indian government. They made Dharamshala their home, where even today mostly Tibetans reside. China didn’t like this and still holds a grudge against India.
One of the reasons Indians are wary of Chinese intentions is its friendship with Pakistan. China has time and again, helped Pakistan against India, many sources even indicate that it helps Pakistani terrorists also against India.
China is also the biggest hurdle in India’s way to getting a permanent seat at the United Nation Security Council (UNSC).