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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2017 10:04 p.m. PST

"A remote corner of the Himalayas has become the unlikely scene of a major power standoff between China and India. Now entering its seventh week, the standoff centers on the tri-junction border shared by China, India, and Bhutan referred to as Doklam in India and Donglang in China. Neither side is spoiling for a fight, nor are they ready to back down anytime soon considering the security concerns, domestic political pressures, and regional reputational stakes. A series of quiet diplomatic interactions has not restrained the brinkmanship or ultimatums and the risk of a major armed clash between two Asian heavyweights remains.

China and India have sparred along the Himalayan border for decades, including a brief war (and clear Chinese victory) in 1962. In areas like Aksai Chin or Arunachal Pradesh, long-standing disputes still play out in regular diplomatic arguments. Yet until recently there seemed to be a settled status quo in the comparatively peaceful tri-national border area, which has special strategic significance, lying as it does above the 14-mile-wide Siliguri valley, or the "chicken's neck," that connects northeast India to the rest of the country. As it turns out, both sides had very different visions of just what that status quo was.

The clash of perceptions has left them both smarting, and dialed jingoistic language up to 11. To China, Doklam is its own sovereign territory based on treaties, tacit agreements, and de facto control. India considers Doklam a disputed territory and contends that any changes to the territory's jurisdiction must be made in consultation with India per a 2012 understanding between the three parties…"
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 4:06 a.m. PST

According to the prophetic scriptures by Gene Roddenberry and subsequent writings by more recent Trek authors, in the year 2026 (9 years from now) ECON will be formed. Soon that "Eastern Coalition Of Nations" will bring together all Asian and Middle Eastern countries into one solid political entity against the US and Europe.

So let's not panic. China and India still have a couple of years left to patch things up and bond before WW3 starts. :)

Dan

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 10:40 a.m. PST

(smile)


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