View: India must use a multinational front to change Chinese behaviour

By Pranab Dhal Samanta, ET Bureau | Updated July 01, 2020, 08.07PM IST

The stand-off in Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) is symptomatic of a consistently declining, aggressive behaviour by China towards many of its neighbours, especially those with which it has running disputes. While the disputes are old, the present problem is that it’s extremely difficult to explain, or influence, Beijing’s actions. Until the last decade, the US

willingness to play for the long haul, even if it means being hyphenated for the wrong reasons with China. That India is not a low-cost option on China’s still-to-be-updated Himalayan chessboard is a message that must go out loud and clear, regardless of the time it may take. And that’s a national security imperative. (Views expressed are author's own)

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