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The Nature of China's Military Push Along the Indian Border

Sim Tack
Senior Global Analyst , Stratfor
Jul 22, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
An Indian army convoy makes its way toward Leh, a town near the Chinese border in Ladakh, on June 17, 2020. 

An Indian army convoy makes its way toward Leh, a town near the Chinese border in Ladakh, on June 17, 2020. 

(TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP via Getty Images)

After many years of infrastructure development and gradual encroachment, China is accelerating efforts to secure its military presence and access to water rights along the Indian border near Ladakh. But while it appears Beijing has largely achieved this objective for now, the harsh Himalayan winter could again escalate its standoff with India by challenging China's ability to maintain a presence throughout the disputed territory....

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