China’s Borderline Belligerence

China's pattern of violating the border with India whenever its top leaders are about to visit Delhi signals that the central objective of such visits is not to advance cooperation on a shared agenda, but to reinforce China’s own interests, beginning with its territorial claims. India should stop taking this behavior lying down.

NEW DELHI – In recent years, the People’s Liberation Army has been taking advantage of its rising political clout to provoke localized skirmishes and standoffs with India by breaching the two countries’ long and disputed Himalayan frontier. The PLA’s recent intensification of such border violations holds important implications for President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to India – and for the future of the bilateral relationship.