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India-China standoff: Border point issue has a past, pullback there is key to de-escalation in region

Southeast of Galwan Valley where 20 Indian and at least four Chinese soldiers died in clashes in June 2020, Hot Springs lies in the Chang Chenmo river valley, close to Kongka La, a pass that marks the Line of Actual Control . India’s Patrolling Point 15, it is not a launchpad for any offensive action though the area did see action before and during the 1962 war. China’s unwillingness to pull back its platoon-sized unit from Hot Springs is a sign of the difficulties that lie in normalising the situation. The PLA has traditionally had a major base east […]

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