'We should defend this land even if it means we have to fight a war'
June 16, 2020  13:32
"Eastern Ladakh has an 830 km border with China. Most of it is disputed. This time, the Chinese have come 2 to 3 km into the Galwan Valley. If we lose the Galwan Valley, they will come into the Shyok Valley and can then cut off the northern flank including the Karakoram Pass, Nubra Valley, Aksai Chin. This will make Ladakh vulnerable security wise," warns Ambassador Phunchok Stobdan.

A Ladakhi himself, Professor Stobdan -- scholar and author of The Great Game in the Buddhist Himalayas: India and China's Quest for Strategic Dominance -- is also a diplomat who served as India's ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.

To understand why India should be very worried about the situation in Ladakh, read Archana Masih's interview about China's past, present and future designs in India. The first part in a multi-part interview. 
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