Editorial

Modi Xi bhai-bhai

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/28/2020 12:42:56 PM IST

 Tensions between India and China have reached a high point during the past week as Chinese and Indian soldiers engaged in non-lethal aggressive action, face-off, fisticuffs and skirmishes along the disputed Indo-China border stretching from Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. According to reports, the Chinese military crossed into Indian territory 1,025 times between 2016 and 2018. With the Indo-China border being the world’s longest and also unmarked border, such transgressions are likely rooted in how Beijing and New Delhi have different perceptions about the extent of their territories. In 2017, when Indian and Chinese troops faced off for two months in Doklam, an area claimed by both Bhutan and China, a serious military clash was a distinct possibility.Both India and China, the military and rising economic giants, which share the world’s longest unmarked border- fought a full-fledged border war in 1962 and have since engaged in several small skirmishes. These have taken a more ominous turn during the past week, when soldiers on both sides of the Indo-China border started massing troops and equipments in an effort to ramp up their posturing. As part of its territorial ambitions, China has been playing its border game with India for decades but which have become more sinister. This is probably because China wants to be more assertive in its foreign policy matters that combines its economic might with military muscle. Even India under Narendra Modi, is also asserting itself and its China policy is no longer about talking but also walking. Modi has been initiating a closer tie with world leaders and apparently shares some rapport with Chinese strongman Xi Jinping. This can be seen from the meetings held between Modi and Xi that indicated how both have made some progress towards improvement of overall relationship between the two Asian giants. However, for China, what matters more is the country’s expansionist designs. The Nehru- Zhou Enlai friendship (hindi-chini bhai bhai) did not prevent China from incursions into India territory in Arunachal Pradesh. In addition to the border dispute, both countries also have a conflicts with regard to the Tibetian issue as well as the Sino-Pakistan economic and military alliance. These issues have become more salient in the context of the two countries’ simultaneous but asymmetric rising power. As a result, the theory that Sino-Indian clashes are flashes in the pan and hopefully not lead to more extensive fighting has become a widely held consensus. Recent events, however, suggest that escalations are highly possible. Both sides have substantial—and growing—military deployments along a mostly disputed border. The border incidents in the recent weeks only go to suggest that China is on a serious military exercise for its People’s Liberation Army (PLA), to test India’s military readiness and political resolve along several strategic areas. This should ring warning bells among India’s authorities if peace is to be guaranteed and not taken for granted.

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