No major military conflict has taken place between India and China since the Nathu La and Cho La clashes in September 1967. The current military confrontation is a sharp departure from a half-century-long stalemate on border issues despite differences over the exact demarcation of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which is the apparent cause of the current conflict.
China has almost never abided by the spirit of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence, a truth underscored yet again by the events over the last three weeks. Though the Chinese leadership continues to make all the right noises, the situation on the ground at the border remains tense.
The Indian and Chinese armies face each other in an eye ball to eye ball confrontation yet again. Despite the recent thaw in relations after Xi Jingping’s Mamallapuram visit, the Dragon is now marking territory in the lofty heights of the Himalayas.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and former President Pranab Mukherjee paid tribute to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary at Shantivan.