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The Himalayan Face Off
By- Shishir Gupta

About the Book :
Even if bilateral trade between India and China goes beyond $100 billion in the coming years, China's posture towards India is adversarial and will perhaps remain so in the future, with Beijing viewing New Delhi through the prism of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile... A rising China, inflexible on boundary dispute resolution and with strong tentacles across South Asia and beyond, could encroach on India's strategic space and lead to a potential crisis this decade.' In April 2013, Indian troops sighted an advance patrol of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) 19 km deep within Indian territory, a considerable distance from the Line of Actual Control, the de facto border claim line that was drawn up after the 1962 war between the two countries - a war that still traumatizes the mind of India's political and military establishment. Protracted negotiations led to the withdrawal of the Chinese troops, but the incursion laid bare the intent of the world's largest standing army. Despite recent advances in the bilateral relationship, highlighted by the nearly $70 billion trade between the two countries, China continues to regard Indian interests as secondary, and India as a regional adversary. In this breakthrough work, seasoned journalist and author of the bestselling Indian Mujahideen Shishir Gupta details the various advances made by Beijing, particularly the PLA, in encircling India and stifling the latter's bid to break out as an aspiring superpower. Gupta discusses Indian political, diplomatic and military responses to China's assertion in the subcontinent and beyond, and the various course corrections India must undergo in its foreign and defence policies to counter China's might and influence on matters of India's national security. In describing how India must realize and counter China's clout over its friends and enemies if it is to achieve superpower status, Gupta sheds new light on Indo-China relations. The Himalayan Face-Off: Chinese Assertion and the Indian Riposte is an important reminder of the realigned geopolitics of the modern world, where the two most populous nations on the planet are essentially battling each other over their share of the global pie - sometimes on the world's highest battlegrounds.

About the author
Author of the best-selling Indian Mujahideen: The Enemy Within (Hachette India, 2011), Shishir Gupta is currently Deputy Executive Editor at Hindustan Times. As a journalist covering geopolitics and strategic affairs, he has reported widely on wars, insurgencies, terrorism, intelligence, defence and diplomacy over the last two decades. Gupta was conferred the Ben Gurion Award for Journalism in 2011. He has also worked with the Indian Express and India Today.
  ISBN : 9789350095799  
  Price : Rs. 650.00  

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