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Sino-Indian Crisis: Instability along the Line of Actual Control

17 September 2020, 12:00
Ambassador Kanwal Sibal, former Foreign Secretary of India, will examine New Delhi's handling of the current crisis between India and China, how the situation might unfold, and its longer-term impact on Sino-Indian relations.

The Sino-Indian border is at its most volatile since the two countries went to war in 1962. The ongoing crisis has seen the first instances of fatalities and firing along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since 1975, putting the region at risk of greater conflict between two nuclear powers and raising concerns about the sustainability of border management agreements that were agreed in the mid-1990s and have enabled relative stability along the LAC until recent years. While the foreign ministers of India and China have agreed to move towards a resolution, providing much-needed political impetus to the disengagement process, a breakdown of trust between the two sides and fundamental differences on the border question mean the situation remains precarious at this stage.

Ambassador Kanwal Sibal has 41 years of diplomatic experience, having served as India’s Foreign Secretary (2001-02), as Ambassador to Turkey, Egypt, France and Russia, as well as Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington (with the rank of Ambassador). From 2008-10, he was on India’s National Security Advisory Board. Ambassador Sibal is currently a Board member of the East-West Institute in New York, an Executive Council member of the Vivekanand International Foundation in New Delhi, and an adviser to the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.

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