In Dealing With China, Modi’s Running Out Of Option


Stone-throwing in Jammu and Kashmir does not, at this point, generally make news. But the people throwing stones at Indian soldiers are not usually wearing the uniforms of the People’s Liberation Army. That, apparently, is what happened along a section of the disputed border in Ladakh yesterday, and it is undeniable that it represents a significant escalation, even if unplanned, of the confrontation between India and its giant northern neighbour.

Remember that unlike along the Line of Control, which separates the Kashmir Valley from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, India’s disputed and uncertain border with China has not seen a shot fired in anger in decades. Soldiers generally link arms and wave placards at each other to demonstrate their two countries’ competing claims. Stones don’t tend to be thrown.

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