As far as 'interest' goes, I had the fortune of spending a lot of time with the late Mr JN Dixit, former foreign secretary and National Security Adviser. As the NSA, he led the Indian side at the fourth round of high-level talks on the border issue with Dai Bingguo, the Chinese Executive Vice-Foreign Minister and Special Representative on the border issue in Beijing. On his return, I recall him saying: "I say, these Chinese chaps have really done their homework. Why can’t we?"
But that is easier said than done. How, for instance, does one deal with the classic Chinese game of maps?
"I want Tawang. So let’s lay claim to the entire Arunachal Pradesh, and then negotiate backwards, all the while making it seem like I am one making the concessions..."
"I want a few islands in the South China Sea, so let’s stake claim to the entire sea…." Which is what Beijing has done with a map called the 9dash9 map, comprising dashes staking claim to 9 segments of the sea.
Image: Indian Army personnel light candles in memory of those soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the 1962 Indo-China war at the Tawang War Memorial in Arunachal Pradesh on October 20, 2012.