South Asia and Beyond

China Has Broken All Agreements Signed With India Since 1993: Gautam Bambawale

NEW DELHI: China has broken every tenet of every agreement it has signed with India since 1993 to maintain peace and tranquility along the border areas, says former Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale. Speaking to StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, Bambawale said the violent clashes in the Galwan Valley were a result of the Chinese army trying to advance its ground positions to where they believe the Line of Actual Control (LAC) lies. India and China have differing perceptions about the alignment of the LAC but China is unilaterally trying to decide where the LAC lies, he said. Calling the Galwan incident an inflection point in India-China ties, Ambassador Bambawale believes there will be major reappraisal in India on how to conduct its relations with China.

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Nitin A. Gokhale

Author, thought leader and one of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Nitin A. Gokhale has forty years of rich and varied experience behind him as a conflict reporter, Editor, author and now a media entrepreneur who owns and curates two important digital platforms, and focusing on national security, strategic affairs and foreign policy matters. At the beginning of his long and distinguished career, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years, writing and analysing various insurgencies in the region, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 during the India-Pakistan war, and also brought live reports from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009. Author of over a dozen books on wars, insurgencies and conflicts, Gokhale relocated to Delhi in 2006, was Security and Strategic Affairs Editor at NDTV, a leading Indian broadcaster for nine years, before launching in 2015 his own digital properties. An alumni of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Hawaii, Gokhale now writes, lectures and analyses security and strategic matters in Indo-Pacific and travels regularly to US, Europe, South and South-East Asia to speak at various international seminars and conferences. Gokhale also teaches at India’s Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), the three war colleges, India's National Defence College, College of Defence Management and the intelligence schools of both the R&AW and Intelligence Bureau. He tweets at @nitingokhale


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