As India and China clash, JFK’s ‘forgotten crisis’ is back
India and China’s deadly crash this week in the Himalayas is the worst crisis in their border quarrel since 1967. Pakistan is also a very interested player, watching the game play out just as it did in 1962 and hoping its rival India will be humiliated.
The remote region where the clash is occurring is strategically important to both countries because it is close to where India, China, and Pakistan meet. In 1962, India was badly defeated by the Chinese, losing the Aksai Chin region of Ladakh in a matter of days. China took almost 15,000 square miles of what had been India in Aksai Chin, and has kept it ever since.
For decades, both sides have built up their transportation infrastructure to get troops and supplies to the Himalayan front line. Brookings explores the history of their land dispute and the current situation the countries face: