Roundup: A Mountainous Geopolitical Stage 

Controversial World Heritage Site Proclaimed

From the Japan Times: “A handful of pro-Tibet activists protested earlier this week while the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) advocacy group warned that giving Hoh Xil heritage status could have consequences for Tibet.”

Read more about the controversy around one of the newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites here.

Qinghai Hoh Xil is home to Bukedaban Glacier, which is underlain by boiling springs (Source: Wikimedia Commons).

 

Indian Pilgrims Stalled in the Mountains

From The Economic Times: “China accused Indian troops of ‘crossing the boundary’ in the Sikkim sector and put their immediate withdrawal as condition to reopen the Nathu La Pass for Indian pilgrims traveling to Kailash Mansarovar.”

Read more about the impasse here.
China has blocked pilgrims from crossing the Nathu La pass in Sikkim (Source: Ananth Krishnan/Twitter).

 

Himalayan Border Dispute

From the Hindustan Times: “China on Friday accused India of ‘ulterior motives’ in claiming the entire Doklam or Donglang region as part of the tri-junction with Bhutan, saying New Delhi’s stance went against its acceptance of a British-era convention on national boundaries in the area.”

Read more about the Sikkim standoff here.

India and China are in a standoff over the mountainous Sikkim sector (Source: Soumyajit Pramanick/Wikimedia Commons).

 

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