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How India Should Meet the China Challenge

Instead of erecting new barriers, it should be looking to deepen trade and military ties with fellow democracies.

Not helping.

Not helping.

Photographer: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images

It’s hard to find a China dove in Washington these days. In New Delhi, it’s impossible. After a brutal, high-altitude skirmish in Ladakh last month left 20 Indian soldiers dead, anti-Chinese fury has surged on the subcontinent. There’s talk of consumer boycotts and investment bans; the government appears to be slow-walking once-routine approvals for Chinese imports. Recently, authorities even booted goofy-video platform TikTok off of Indians’ phones, along with 58 other Chinese apps.

The anger is understandable. China enjoys a massive surplus in trade with India, has invested heavily in its more modern and capable military, and is steadily encroaching upon its rival’s traditional sphere of influence in the Indian Ocean, as well as along their disputed land border. It poses an unmistakable long-term challenge.