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Bite by kilometer-size bite, China is eating away at India's Himalayan borderlands.On average, China launches one stealth incursion into India every 24 hours. Indian leaders have at times even seemed to condone China's actions.Moreover, Modi's predecessor, Manmohan Singh, used to claim that, in their 5,000-year history, India and China fought only one war, in 1962 . What this rose-tinted history failed to acknowledge was that China and India became neighbors only after China annexed the buffer Tibet in 1951 .China's fast-growing trade surplus with India, which has doubled to almost $60 billion on Modi's watch, has increased Chinese President Xi Jinping's territorial assertiveness. The absence of clarity about the frontier – China reneged on a 2001 promise to exchange maps with India – serves as cover for the PLA's aggression, with China denying all incursions and claiming that its troops are operating on "Chinese land". Later, China inflicted a humiliating defeat on India in the 1962 border war, securing peace, as a state mouthpiece crowed in 2012, on its own terms.India's accommodating approach has failed to deter China.
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