By Erik Crouch
A map of the disputed Chinese/Indian territories, courtesy of Wikimedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kashmir_map_big.jpg
After November’s passport-image crisis (i.e. China pisses off multiple nearby countries) and India’s retaliation (i.e. India thought China might be on to something) it looks like the border-dispute fun may be coming to an end. According to the Hindustan Times, the national security advisors of China and India have agreed that it is time to settle the issue once and for all.
Dai Bingguo, the chief negotiator for China, said on December 5 that, “In over 2,000 years of exchanges between China and India, we have been friends for 99.9 per cent of the time, while unpleasant experience took up only 0.1 per cent.” The “unpleasant experience” refers to the 1962 Sino-Indian War, in which the two nations fought an armed conflict over the disputed territory. Since the conclusion of the war, the 4,057-km long stretch of land has been a headache for both sides. If Dai Bingguo and his Indian counterpart, Shiv Shankar Menon, can settle the issue, China and India will have to find a new hot-topic to fight over, although that shouldn’t be too hard.