Warily, India and China to reopen Silk Route trade – Simon Denyer

From Reuters via the Washington Post:

As the rain sweeps across the high Himalayan pass, a Chinese soldier arrives at the three strands of barbed wire which separate his country’s territory from that of long-time rival .

But this soldier is no longer brandishing a gun, on this once most sensitive of borders between the world’s two most populous countries. Instead he takes some video for his family back home and pauses to shake hands across the rusty fence.

Just a few yards away bulldozers on both sides of the frontline are building not fortifications but a road, to connect India and China and reopen a historic trade route. New Delhi and Beijing plan to reopen the Nathu-la pass in June after more than 40 years, a potent symbol of rapprochement between Asian giants who fought a Himalayan war in 1962.[Full Text]

For background on China-India relations, see the Wikipedia entry on the topic.

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