China, India need to act quickly to ‘return to peaceful disagreement,’ says Baker Institute expert


Jeff Falk

China, India need to act quickly to ‘return to peaceful disagreement,’ says Baker Institute expert

HOUSTON – (June 17, 2020) – The most serious face-off between China and India on the world’s longest unsettled land border in nearly half a century left dozens of soldiers dead Monday night.

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“The resurgence of a decades-old border dispute between India and China, and especially an escalation to violent conflict with casualties, threatens to destabilize regional order unless leaders from both countries act quickly to negotiate a return to peaceful disagreement,” said Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the Baker Institute. He is available to discuss the developments with the news media.

“Nationalism is a major force in both Indian politics and Chinese politics, and unless leaders from both countries work quickly to de-escalate tensions there could be large popular protests that could force the two governments and militaries to be more belligerent, not less,” Lewis said.

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