Africa: China-India Border Face-Off Has Worrying Global Impact, Not Least for Africa and Brics

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The Sino-Indian border dispute has global implications. China is the world's second-biggest economy with an increasingly modernising army, and the countries together constitute 37% of the global population.

The current breakdown in relations between China and India has far-reaching implications for the world and for solidarity in the developing world. Expectedly, border misunderstanding in the disputed Line of Actual Control has been the accelerant for the current situation.

The recent clash that claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers was the deadliest in more than 40 years. The situation is growing more tense; according to The Sydney Morning Herald, "satellite images released by Maxar, a Colorado-based satellite imagery company, shows the new construction along the Galwan River Valley, occurring against a backdrop of worsening relations between the two countries".

India-China disputes in that region are longstanding. It is noteworthy that the Sino-Indian principles of peaceful coexistence that were signed in 1954 between China's Chou En-Lai and India's Jawaharlal Nehru were partly aimed at fortifying good neighbourliness between the two countries, thus avoiding disputes like the current one. The border war of 1962 threatened this peaceful coexistence and the current resurgence of this dispute shows that the peace that followed the...

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