Text Size: A- A+As Mao did to Nehru in 1959-62, Xi Jinping has thrown at Prime Minister Narendra Modi the biggest challenge in his public life.
Xi Jinping has thrown the gauntlet at Modi at the moment of his choosing, just as Mao had done in 1962.
From Chumar to Doklam to Pulwama, the Chinese have noticed how vital a factor “face” is for Modi in his domestic politics.
Also read: Modi’s foreign policy puts Modi first, India secondWhat motivated Xi to initiate this confrontation is not so relevant any more.
So, the question: Can Modi swing back to where India is the stronger power that wants peace with Pakistan?