India holds a conventional advantage to ward off a 1962-type setback in the event of a full-scale escalation with China primarily because of its Beijing-centric deployments across air, land and high-altitude platforms, according to a US study.
The research paper, published by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School earlier this year, analysed comparative data of Indian and Chinese strategic assets.
The study, however, noted New Delhi’s conventional advantage remains “under-appreciated” in Indian discourse.
The publication introduced a new data compilation based on “published intelligence documents, private documents sourced from regional states, interviews with experts based in China, India, and the United States”.
It gave a comprehensive assessment of “the location and capabilities of Chinese and Indian strategic forces”. The two authors of the study are Dr Frank O’Donnell, who is a non-resident fellow at the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program and Dr Alexander K Bollfrass, a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
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