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Sizing Up the Competition on the Doklam Plateau

Aug 22, 2017 | 09:30 GMT
A ceremony, complete with a Hindu priest, marks the commissioning of a new Indian fighter jet in Bangalore.

In the event of a confrontation with China along the Line of Actual Control, India's air power would offer it numerous advantages.

(STR/AFP/Getty Images)

In his seminal military treatise, The Art of War, Chinese Gen. Sun Tzu stressed the importance of knowing one's enemy. The notion still rings true more than two millenniums later. As Chinese and Indian forces square off in the unforgiving terrain of the Doklam Plateau, each side's understanding of the other will guide its strategy in the event of an armed confrontation. Both will have to account for their own strengths and weaknesses -- as well as those of their enemy -- as they prepare for their latest border dispute to escalate. ...

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