Sunday, September 6, 2009

China continues to outmanoeuvre India

In an article published in the Telegraph newspaper on September 1, 2009, former Indian Foreign Secretary, Kanwal Sibal had warned about "strengthening suspicions that China will do everything possible to thwart India’s rise as a rival power," "its propensity to disregard agreements arbitrarily," and with India’s "diffident diplomacy", "China continues to outmanoeuvre India" politically: click me.

Two insightful essays have been published in the Far Eastern Economic Review of September 4, 2009 which focus on the deteriorating relations between India and China. One is by Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies at the privately funded Center for Policy Research in New Delhi. Titled, "India’s Growing China Angst": click me, it draws attention to the need for the world to take notice of authoritarian China’s aggressive intentions toward democratic India.

His concluding remarks sum up the gravity of the situation thus:
India can expect no respite from Chinese pressure. Whether Beijing actually sets out to teach India “the final lesson” by launching a 1962-style surprise war will depend on several calculations, including India’s defense preparedness to repel such an attack, domestic factors within China and the availability of a propitious international timing of the type the Cuban missile crisis provided 47 years ago. But if India is not to be caught napping again, it has to inject greater realism into its China policy by shedding self-deluding shibboleths, shoring up its deterrent capabilities and putting premium on leveraged diplomacy.
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