The Kargil War marked a frightening new chapter in the international system as for the first time states with nuclear weapons faced off on a (fortunately limited) battlefield.
China may also have wanted to establish itself as the preeminent power in the region by giving India a bloody nose. The war did not settle the fundamental issues that divided India and China, as Delhi has never agreed to the basic justice of Beijing’s position.
China has been quietly expanding its territorial reach throughout South Asia to maximize power and to constrain India’s role as the status quo power in the region.
Contrariwise we should expect our worthy but shady neighbor to fish more in the troubled waters of the Kashmir valley, Covid or no Covid.
Before the pandemic, cases of mucormycosis in India were increasing faster than the global average, according to a 2019 meta-analysis. COVID-19 has only exacerbated the existing problem.
India has firmly told the Chinese side to vacate Finger 5 area in Pangong lake. India has occupied several dominating heights close to China’s existing positions at finger 4, north bank of Pangong Lake.