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Opinion

India's front line battle against autocracy more important than ever

The risk of renewed skirmishes with China is growing

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Chinese troops dismantling their bunkers at Pangong Tso region in Ladakh in February 2021: China has turned other captured areas into permanent all-weather military encampments. (Handout photo from Indian Army)   © AP

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and author of nine books, including "Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India and Japan."

Two years after nighttime hand-to-hand combat with Indian troops resulted in China's first combat deaths since its 1979 Vietnam invasion, the Chinese and Indian militaries remain locked in multiple standoffs over some of the most inhospitable terrains on Earth.

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