During the interview, which took place on June 15, 2020, Najam highlighted that this is only the recent confrontation in the region as tensions between China and India have been increasing for months. As he discussed, India’s recent unilateral change to the political status of Kashmir could have been a trigger to this clash since China has a stake in the region. Najam noted that the militarization of this incident does not bode well for regional or global peace.
This is not the only border trouble that India is experiencing. As Najam mentioned, political tensions between India and Nepal have been on the rise at India’s northern border. Nepal only recently deployed troops to it’s border with India raising the specter of another border confrontation.
Najam’s remarks can be viewed below.
— Arifa Noor (@arifanoor72) June 18, 2020
Adil Najam is a global public policy expert who also served as the Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. He is the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and was the former Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Currently he is hosting a video expert interview series called #WorldAfterCorona for the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. Read more about him here.