“India and China engaged in their first deadly border skirmish since 1975 this week. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley, a disputed Himalayan border region.

“The news reminded me of working at the Pentagon a decade ago, leading the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, an assessment of US defence strategy and priorities. It was clear to us even then that the rise of China, the world’s most populous country, and India, the world’s largest democracy’, would ‘continue to shape an international system that is no longer easily defined…'”

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