China and India are two of the most important lynchpins of the global economy and political order. Together accounting for more than a third of the world’s total population and the majority of the world’s manufacture of consumer goods, they are both ascendant powers that will contribute greatly to the shape and tone of the 21st century.
The two powers have had a rocky history over the past century, fighting several wars and skirmishes over their shared northern border. However, the past few decades have seen the pair embark on a closer economic and political alliance, only at sometimes shaken by disputes in flashpoints such as Kashmir. China’s relationship-building efforts with Pakistan via disputed Kashmiri territory has led to criticisms from New Delhi but the overall arc of relationships has been upwards throughout the previous decades. >>>