Sino-India ties and lessons from the Galwan Valley brawl

Safe distancing is needed for the dragon and elephant to coexist

On June 1, 2018, I was invited by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the organiser of the Shangri-La Dialogue, to speak at a special session entitled Competition And Cooperation In China-India Relations, right before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's keynote speech. The other panellist was Mr Ram Madhav, the national general secretary of India's Bharatiya Janata Party.

I was surprised to find how we both focused on cooperation rather than competition as if the different speeches were written by the same person.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2020, with the headline 'Sino-India ties and lessons from the Galwan Valley brawl'. Subscribe