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Hmm, does Xi really want to start a major military/diplomatic crisis right now? The virus has already hurt the image of China abroad, and Xi domestically. His response was late, and the other major players in the Communist party might be questioning his leadership behind closed doors. He's about to crack down on Hong Kong, too. Now in the case of Hong Kong he probably needs to do that precisely because his competence and decisiveness as a leader might be in doubt after the slow reaction to the virus. Clearly the protestors are not going to give up, so he may as well act firmly and keep the general population of China from thinking they can rebel in any way. But a confrontation with India doesn't look to have any benefits for him. It would just be more bad press, with no possible gains to be seen.

It seems more likely to me that the PLA leadership is acting a bit out of the chain of command. The PLA is somewhat an independent force within China. Xi may have make an extra effort to restrain them, though he would no doubt do it in a way that doesn't make the internal friction obvious.

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