Oriana Skylar Mastro | Lawfare Blog
War termination is more likely when states are open to talks, favor de-escalation to bring their enemy to the negotiating table, and are open to third-party mediation. The likelihood of ending a war decreases when a belligerent chooses not to engage in diplomacy. Beijing has three tendencies that hinder timely war resolution.
China’s global political expansion is on the march. Mao Zedong’s Ministry of Foreign Liaison initiated the 1996-2001 Maoist insurgency in Nepal that set the stage for that country's communist takeover. Now, Nepalese communists are uniting to form the Himalayan nation's largest left-wing party – and Nepal is becoming a Chinese-backed control center for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as part of China's aim to limit India’s strategic space. In Pakistan, China has successfully targeted the power-wielding...