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An Indian army convoy, carrying reinforcements and supplies, travels towards Leh through Zoji La, a high mountain pass bordering China, on June 13, 2021. Photo: TNS

LettersChina and India: a bad peace is better than nuclear war

  • Right now, India entertains little hope of improving relations with China. But remember, Russia-China relations were tense for a long time too

When I once asked my father why in chess a grandmaster always concedes defeat, he explained that only a fool plays till he is checkmated. Likewise, all nuclear powers acknowledge that meddling in a territorial conflict between two members of their club, China and India, is equally useless.

Your report, “How Putin’s Russia could help China and India get along” (January 9) describes something that looks like a wild goose chase. Fortunately, this time that’s exactly the case as an endless bad peace interrupted by skirmishes is better than a short good nuclear war resulting in a radioactive desert.

Besides, once we in Russia, like India now, entertained little hope of an improvement in relations with China but things have changed drastically since.

Mergen Mongush, Moscow