With attention focused on the partial disengagement of Indian and Chinese troops from a nine-month long confrontation in Eastern Ladakh, a surprise joint statement from the Indian and Pakistani armies on Thursday announced a ceasefire on the 776-kilometre Line of Control (LoC) that divides the former state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) into Indian and Pakistan-controlled parts. Consequently, the LAC is likely to continue to remain “hot” with military activity in the form of occasional violent clashes mirroring the Line of Control (LoC) which is the de facto boundary that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. This is the “new normal” that both India and China will now have to contend with. A Brigade level flag meeting is believed to have occurred since the latest clash albeit inconclusively reflecting the level of uncertainty, volatility and intractability that has gripped the two sides since the outbreak of the crisis in April-May. Despite five rounds of talks between military commanders of both sides, the crisis shows no signs of abating. The India-Pakistan-China triangle is determined by relative national power and mutual threat perceptions, further complicated by the regional implications of the growing confrontation between the United States and China. Pakistan remains the most steadfast ally of China in India's neighborhood, while India remains the only country in the region that comes closest to competing with growing Chinese influence. The power asymmetry between India and Pakistan in the former's favor, and the growing power imbalance between India and China in the latter's favor will continue to reinforce the inherent security dilemma of the triangle, justifying China-Pakistan collusion, in order to checkmate India's rise in the region. This book contains the fundamental and basic information of the subject and useful for teachers, students and researchers.
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R.K. Jha, a highly qualified and a reputed name in the world of Law, did his Law graduation from Delhi University and practicing with Delhi High Court and District Court for last ten years as an Advocate. He is a seasoned and erudite scholar of law and has studied law thoroughly and possesses authoritative command over the subject. Academically, he is brilliant and has published a number of articles and still a regular contributor.