ast year, when Chinese premier Wen Jiabao visited India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told him that New Delhi had the "political will" to make adjustments to arrive at a boundary solution. Wen responded that Beijing too possessed the will. Theoretically, the way ahead seemed clear-cut: a political framework was to be developed by the two special representatives to enable both sides to make adjustments necessary to solve the boundary issue. The special representatives were expected to narrow down the differences as much as possible, potentially the most sensitive part of the exercise.
Among the adjustments China wants India to make is to give up Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, to which entire region it lays claim to. In return, the Chinese hint at generous adjustments in the western sector. Exactly how generous hasn’t been made clear. But China says Tawang properly belongs in the Tibet Autonomous Region. They say this was where the sixth Dalai Lama was born and it is an important place of pilgrimage. In security terms, Tawang would give it...