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INDIA-CHINA RELATIONS-Realism on the Border

Realism on the Border A G Noorani A SETTLEMENT of the India-China border dispute is best pursued for its own sake, for the gains of an agreed border and the completion of the 'unfinished business' of demarcating India's northern frontiers. The gaps arc obvious and dangerous. For example, most of the work of demarcating the frontier with Burma is over bar the last stage which is contingent on a settlement with China. The Indo-Bur- mese Boundary Agreement of March 10, 1967 leaves "the exact location" of the northern extremity "provisional pending its final determination" because that is the trijunction of the borders of India, Burma and China. Sino-Indian accord is, therefore, indispensable for a complete Indo-Burma border accord. Likewise, the Sino-Nepalese border protocol, signed on November 20, 1979, leaves the two extremities undefined because they represnt the trijunction points where the two countries meet India

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