This volume examines the unfolding relationships among the five great powers in Asia—the United States, China, India, Japan and Russia. It explores recent bilateral relations between these states. While the central theme is how China, the rising power, and the US, the sole superpower, will deal with each other, their policies and interactions will need to factor in the other three powers who will play significant roles in defining peace and stability in Asia.
Chapter 8: India–China Relations since 1988
India–China Relations since 1988
The visit to the PRC of the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in December 1988 was unmistakably an event which marked a turning point and breakthrough in India–China relations. Since the late 1950s relations between the two countries remained under strains due to a multiplicity of factors, like the eruption of the Tibet issue with the Dalai Lama escaping to India in March 1959; the territorial problem which prominently manifested in the 1962 Sino-Indian war, and the emergence of Beijing–Islamabad nexus with the PRC supporting Pakistan in the latter's 1965 and 1971 wars with India. The impact on China from the Indo–Soviet Peace Treaty of 1971 in a background of worsening Sino-Soviet rift could also be added ...