The Monitor's View Taking the high road in a Himalayan hostility

India and China, two giants that cannot afford a war, are in a military standoff over a piece of Bhutan. Patient diplomacy will hopefully win the day.

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For the past six weeks, the armies of India and China have been in a tense standoff over the control of a 104-square-mile plateau at about 11,000 feet in the Himalayas. When the only countries with more than a billion people are poised for war, the rest of the world should hope for restraint.