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India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

A.G. Noorani

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780198070689
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081202 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070689.001.0001
India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

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Boundary issues have always occupied a central focus in the relations between India and China. Highlighting the role of history, policy, and diplomacy, this book traces the origins and development of the India–China boundary problem during the British Raj. It shows how British efforts to secure a defined boundary in the western sector began immediately after the creation of Jammu & Kashmir in 1846. However, in the eastern sector, such an exercise began only sixty-five years later, when a Chinese threat was perceived. Examining the role of the bureaucracy and diplomatic negotiations, the author presents a nuanced analysis of the treaties and conventions, as well as internal debates between British officials on conflicting policies. Breaking new ground, this book evaluates the relevance of the Indian Independence Act, 1947, and explains how the diplomatic history in the last hundred years shaped the boundary problem between India and China. What was a problem aggravated into a dispute that erupted in 1959. The central thesis is that history had direct relevance to the shaping of a sound policy.

Keywords: boundary problem; China; British Raj; Chinese threat; diplomatic negotiations; Indian; Indian Independence Act 1947; diplomatic history

Book.  360 pages.  Illustrated.

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The Genesis in India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

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Defining Ladakh’s Boundaries in India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

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Search for a Linear Boundary in India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

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Two Schools on the Boundary in India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

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Reference to London in India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

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Hunza in India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

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Evolving a Boundary in India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

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The 1899 Offer to China in India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

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The Aftermath of the 1899 Offer in India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

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The McMahon Line in India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

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