The Mysterious Sub-Continent

India got its freedom from the UK in 1947 and almost from day one they have been in conflict with their neighbors.

First it was their problems with their neighbor Pakistan…the first India-Pakistan War was in 1947….then came the wars of 1965, 1971 and 1999….and to this day there are regular incidents between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir District in Northern India-Pakistan border region.

But those are not the conflicts that I want to go into….these were given only to show the amount of conflict that India is always finding itself immersed in……the conflict that is most pressing these days…..China-India situation…..

There head butting began in 1959 and has carried forward to this day….and it has become more fierce than in the past…..

In mid-June, a remote area called the Dolam plateau in the Himalayas where the boundaries of China, India and Bhutan meet made headlines when Indian and Chinese troops began a standoff over a road construction project. China conducted a live-fire exercise in the area, and there have been false reports of deaths. Diplomatic efforts are underway to de-escalate the situation, but still the risk of war has been on everyone’s mind.

The terrain and weather in the area, located in a region called Doklam, are anathema to war. And yet, almost exactly 55 years ago, China and India fought briefly over this and other contested border areas. So what is the strategic value of this seemingly obscure plateau? And would India and China really go to war again over it?

Source: Are China and India on the Road to War? – Geopolitics | Geopolitical Futures

What has the players up in arms this time?

Chinese forces are holding an increasingly large series of live-fire training drills in Tibet, reflecting soaring tensions with neighboring India, while Chinese state media outlets suggest the nation is gearing up for a possible “long-term confrontation” with India over the border region.

The tensions center on the border region of China, India, and Bhutan. China was trying to build a road in remote Dokola, when Indian ground troops streamed across the border to stop them. The construction has stopped but it has left scores of troops from both China and India in the remote area in a standoff, with the risk of the world’s two most populace nations warring over it.

(antiwar.com)

This may ultimately all be bluster, as a war between the two large nuclear powers ought to be unthinkable, particularly over this largely worthless chunk of mountainous terrain. Yet mutual unwillingness to be seen as backing down could quickly lead both sides toward further escalations, with a major regional conflict resulting.

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9 thoughts on “The Mysterious Sub-Continent

  1. This has had scant coverage here. Trump seems to force everything else off the news these days. I would sooner be kept up to date about possible wars, than the fate of ‘The Mooch’. That said, I doubt a full-scale war will erupt over this, or any other of those long-disputed desolate border regions.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Chuq, my read is that India is still in a ramp-up stage, for its military to be able to confront China. So, the conflict between the two Asian Giants might be a couple of decades into the future. Right now, China’s major priority might be on its Energy Security, hence its advancing relationship with Myanmar, for the pipeline–bypassing the Malacca Strait.

    Also, might Pakistan join with India to similarly ensure the Energy Security of the Subcontinent. Anything is better, once we know who’s in charge in Pakistan, then nuclear turmoil in South Asia

    1. I do not think that India and Pakistan would do anything together…they have too many wars and the Kashmir region is still a point of contention….chuq

      1. Robert D. Kaplan suggests that in “Mpnsoon”. A West Pointer, 22 years in the Army, recently retired Professor of History and International Studies, who has consulted at various institutions.

        Given China’s huge, and growing appetite for Energy, his thought that, without access to oil and gas, everything else would suffer.

      2. They ripping across the world making deals to protect their access to the energy they need…making deals upon deals….from Africa to South America……chuq

  3. The inter-connectivity of the Indian Ocean–from the Horn of Africa, into the South China Sea–is something that is not generally apparent to many of us, in the West. That’s where the free eBook, of Maps, on the GFB web site can come in handy. Also, there are several good inter-active globes on the Net, as well.

    Kaplan’s book, by the way, is Monsoon!

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