Playing into China's hands in Ladakh

In a statement posted on its website, which was withdrawn on Thursday afternoon, the Ministry of Defence belatedly admitted what the government has stoutly denied so far: That Chinese troops had “transgressed” the Line of Actual Control (LAC) — the de facto Sino-Indian border — in several sectors in May, and that “the present standoff is likely to be prolonged.” That leaves the government with a simple question: Will those responsible be called to account? India has never been hot on accountability for national security lapses. After the 1962 drubbing .....

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