The Sino-Indian Boundary Dispute, 1948-60: A Reappraisal

The Sino-Indian Boundary Dispute, 1948-60: A Reappraisal

By Srinath Raghavan
Economic & Political Weekly, 9 September 2006

This paper traces the evolution of Indian policy on the boundary dispute with China during the years 1948-60. It re-examines the revisionist claim that the dispute took hold mainly because Nehru had ruled out any compromise with the Chinese. The paper contends that such an interpretation does not adequately capture the nuances of the Indian approach. In particular, perceptions of China's territorial ambitions and India's relative weakness are critical to understanding India's stance on the dispute.


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