Monday, October 19, 2009

Tensions On The Rise Between India and China

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over the disputed region of Kashmir, but it's worth remembering that India and China also have competing claims over some of the world's most hotly contested for lands. And lately, as AFP notes, tensions have been growing between the two rising Asian powers.

China is angry that India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid a visit to the disputed India-China border in Kashmir earlier in the month and that India will allow Beijing's nemesis, the Dalai Lama, to visit Kashmir in a few weeks. India, meanwhile, is upset that China is underwriting the construction of a massive hydroelectric dam in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

India said they hope China will take a "long view" of India-China relations and not build the dam in what they see as Indian land being illegally occupied by Pakistan. India and China fought a brief war over Kashmir in 1962. We're pretty far from a repeat of that, but it's worth noting that tensions over Kashmir aren't just an India-Pakistan affair.
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