India and China Need More Than a Border Pullback to Mend Fences

An Indian army convoy on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, northeast of Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 9, 2020 (AP photo by Dar Yasin).
An Indian army convoy on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, northeast of Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 9, 2020 (AP photo by Dar Yasin).
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Along the waters of Pangong Lake, high up in the Himalayas, there was a slackening of shoulders and a collective sigh of relief on Feb. 11. After nine months of tense military confrontation, which included the first deadly clash in decades between Indian and Chinese troops along their disputed border, the two sides began withdrawing from their positions on the southern and northern banks of the lake as part of a phased, synchronized military disengagement. By mitigating the risk of another skirmish or accident, the move has brought Beijing and New Delhi back from the brink in their border standoff. […]

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