As ties between India and China grow, so does mistrust

On a remote mountain pass, Chinese soldiers berated a group of Indian laborers building a five-mile road near the India-China border. The land belonged to China, asserted the soldiers, who reportedly waved their guns and scared off the workers. The incident became the biggest breaking news story in India early this month, dominating TV coverage, capturing front-page headlines and igniting fears that the two countries were headed toward a crisis. 

"Let's keep in mind, not a single shot has been fired on the border," said retired Maj. Gen. Dipankar Banerjee, director of the New Delhi Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, a Ploughshares Fund grantee . "But there's also a recent realization about the nature of our relationship. As China grows more powerful, so does the anxiety and envy in India."


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