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More Chinese criticism against India

The Chinese media criticism of Indian defence build-up continues. People’s Daily featured an article today focusing on the Indian motivation. One, India needs to exaggerate the ‘threat perception’ in order to justify its defence budget and arms purchases at a time when the economy is slowing. Two, India is adopting a ‘containment’ policy toward China. Three, India hopes to gain US’s military and political support. 

The new angles are: a) the article ridicules that additional Indian manpower on the border could be “eliminated easily” by “precison-guided weapons”; b) it warns that India’s actions will cause tension in the region and ultimately harm its own interests. But the overall tenor is that China has no reason to feel threatened.  
The recent Indian moves on increased defence cooperation with “China’s neighbouring countries” (read Japan and Japan) has been mentioned again. The Chinese sensitivity is primarily out of its perceptions of a drift in the Indian foreign policy toward harmonising with the US’s Asia-Pacific strategies. The US-Japan-India ‘trilateral dialogue’, expected to take place within the coming weeks, promises to be the defining moment. China seems to be cautioning India against crossing the “red line”. The PD article is here

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  1. Karan says

    Isn’t it typical of the Chinese to produce yet another non-sensical “analytical” piece with regards to India? The extra forces are meant to provide a deterrent to PLA adventurisms into Indian territory. In theory, India could (and perhaps shoul) play coy by pretending that since China refuses to settle on a boundary, that no agression could result from troop deployments to “unmarked” territory. Secondly, the analysts in Beijing are perhaps not very smart or perhaps they have little confidence in the intellect of their compatriots. Why else would they think that “precision-guided weapons” (i.e. missiles and other projectiles) would be a reasonable response to platoon deployments on the border? Drones and missiles could be used to decimate large areas such as towns or villages (which India could itself use also), but using them on troops deployed along the front is akin to using a fame-thrower for igniting a cigarrette.

    China should take notice of the deployments as they have been acting like bully children for some time now and no civilized nation should engage in such immature activities. For it’s part, India needs to formulate a cogent policy to send a firm and possibly unpleasant message to the PLA for their violations.

  2. tick says

    cautioning India against crossing the “red line”.

    Strengthening the security architecture with US and Japan while not compromising on Non-alignment is a critical challenge which would need explicit delineation.

    A security architecture is capacity creation, which requires a very long term framework and very high degree of trust. Both these are present wrt Japan and US. The deployment of the security architecture as and when need arises is what makes deterrence credible.

    However, a deterrent response has to be legal as well. Non-alignment policy can provide guidance on defining the legality. Here a statement made by Mr Jaswant Singh in Parliament is of relevance, he said India shall always be provider of its own security. Next there is an observation made by a US diplomat who averred that India can be net provider of security in the region. It is in the net provisioning role, consistent with international law and independent policy making as well as executive decision make by Indian political leadership with options to extend cooperation as well refuse to cooperate and also define various levels of cooperation, which would make an Indian participation in security architecture less provoking to Chinese concern. Being heedful to their red line as long as it is not unilaterally set makes eminent sense and is in a way an abstraction of LAC, in present world of multi-dimensional security concerns.

  3. abdul sattar says

    If China has no reason to feel threatened, why bother?

  4. R S Chakravarti says

    There seems to be a contradiction in their attitude. On the one hand they don’t feel threatened and on the other we are causing tension. If the statement about precision-guided weapons is true, they have done us a great favour by revealing it. We should also not buy fighter planes which can’t match theirs in combat.

    In 1971 Han Suyin wrote in the Indian Express that the Chinese were angry with us over East Pakistan and there was no chance of our survival if there was a war. After Bangladesh came into being there was a report from China that they were beginning an “endless war” against us.

  5. Hemraj Verma says

    Chinese are the most cynical and paranoid people in the world. They can go to any extent with their relationships with Pakistan, ignoring interest of Indians arrogantly and then they expect sensitivity from Indians. These stupid chinese feel they are too powerful to defeat. But they forget that pride hath a fall and higher you rise, harder u fall.

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