Report: China Bars 3 Indian Athletes From Asian Games

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    The Facts

    • On Thursday, China reportedly denied entry to three Indian athletes from Arunachal Pradesh — a northeastern state in India, much of which Beijing claims as its own — for the Hangzhou Asian Games.

    • India alleges that while other wushu players — a type of martial arts — could download their travel documents, the trio from the disputed territory couldn't. In protest, India's Sports Minister canceled his scheduled visit to China on Friday.


    The Spin

    Anti-China narrative

    China's claim over Arunachal Pradesh is among its many maritime and land disputes in Asia. The communist nation has sought to keep India off-balance by frequently needling it over its northeast and northernmost regions. It has reportedly even raised entire villages in disputed territories unilaterally. Such unfettered irredentism is dangerous for a region brimming with nuclear powers.

    Pro-China narrative

    The McMahon Line, which demarcates the India-China border along Arunachal Pradesh, was drawn by the colonial British administration without the consent of the Chinese. Since Tibet is now an integral part of China and Arunachal Pradesh has long been culturally associated with Tibet, India can't claim sovereignty over the territory based on an old British whim.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 16% chance that there will be a China-India war by 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.



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