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In the wake of the brutal ambush of 20 brave Indian soldiers on June 15, the June 8 opinion piece headlined “India’s appeasement policy toward China unravels,” sounds like a prophecy come true. India’s appeasement of China has indeed failed and so will the West’s and Japan’s. Appeasements always embolden the adversary.

China needs to be countered militarily and socio-economically. Southeast Asia needs its own version of NATO to counter Chinese aggression. India, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Vietnam and Philippines should realize that divided we fall. Japan has the technological muscle and rest of the countries bring demographic and geographical advantages.

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