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The thick red line

Singh writes how Nehru’s insistence that there was no dispute at all left him unable to even consider Zhou Enlai’s 1960 offer to settle.

The McMahon Line is, in many ways, the perfect embodiment of the smoke and mirrors clouding India-China relations. The line, perhaps the most widely known element of the boundary dispute, is often misunderstood in the media and public imagination. Right from where it runs (not along the entire border, but only in the east, from Bhutan to Myanmar), its origins (the 1914 Simla conference), or even its spelling (more often

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