As long as India and China saw each other as equals, border disputes receded into the background. However, the rise in altercations and their frequency suggests China views India differently now. Are we likely to see forthcoming armed conflict between two neighbouring nuclear powers or is this just political posturing? Two defence analysts discuss the future of the relationship and what a future battle, if it ever takes place, could look like.
Manoj Joshi is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation.