Reality-check on Present State of India-China Relations by Dr. Subhash Kapila SignUp
Boloji.com
Boloji
Home Kabir Poetry Blogs BoloKids Writers Contribute Search Contact Site Map Advertise RSS Login Register
Boloji
Channels

In Focus

Analysis
Cartoons
Education
Environment
Going Inner
Opinion
Photo Essays

Columns

A Bystander's Diary
Business
My Word
PlainSpeak
Random Thoughts

Our Heritage

Architecture
Astrology
Ayurveda
Buddhism
Cinema
Culture
Dances
Festivals
Hinduism
History
People
Places
Sikhism
Spirituality
Vastu
Vithika

Society & Lifestyle

Family Matters
Health
Parenting
Perspective
Recipes
Society
Teens
Women

Creative Writings

Book Reviews
Ghalib's Corner
Humor
Individuality
Literary Shelf
Love Letters
Memoirs
Musings
Quotes
Ramblings
Stories
Travelogues
Workshop

Computing

CC++
Computing Articles
Flash
Internet Security
Java
Linux
Networking
PlainSpeak Share This Page
Reality-check on Present State of India-China Relations
by Dr. Subhash Kapila Bookmark and Share
 

The Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh has just returned from an official three day visit to China from January 15-18, 2008. On his return to India the spin-masters of the Indian policy establishment got busy giving unwarranted spins to a visit that brought no forward movement in India-China relations and especially the most controversial issue of the boundary settlement.

Every time China and India exchange high level political visits the references to the settlement of the border dispute are cloaked in worn-out clich's that both leaders have expressed their determination to reach a settlement of the border dispute by putting into effect mechanisms to accelerate the dialogue and raising the level of discussions.

The present visit of the Indian Prime Minister to China this month was no exception and similar rhetorical outpourings followed in official statements. The China lobby within India and in the think tanks would like Indians to believe that the Chinese style of negotiations on complex issues is painstaking and therefore slow. Therefore from China one can expect only incremental forward movement in changes in China's foreign policy formulations and attitudes toward India. If that be so then why do Indian political leaders become so voluble in painting rosy pictures of their official exchanges with Chinese leaders when the latter mare more reticent in their assertions on this issue. And the second most important point is whether India is content with incremental changes in China's policies and not resort to exploration of alternative options which are available.

In my Column of August 4, 2007 entitled 'China Re-asserts Antagonistic Postures Towards India' the following major observations were made:

  • China's needling and antagonistic postures against India (and these were outlined) were being pursued in tandem with rhetorical assertions of China's sincere desire for friendship with India and settlement of outstanding issues.
  • The China lobby in India was making much of the new approaches initiated by China in its India policies.
  • China stands rattled by the enhancement of India's strategic profile in the global strategic calculus and views in this an inherent possibility of an impediment in China's quest for challenging the established status-quo of the global strategic power equations.
  • China's latest manifestations of antagonistic postures towards India can be read as arising from the intensification of the US-India Strategic Partnership.
  • India should consequently expect that China would linger on the boundary settlement with India and use it as a strategic pressure-point against India along with its India containment policies.

A reality check of the present state of China- India relations against the backdrop of the above would indicate the following :

  • Despite many assertions on the boundary issue China continues to refuse to exchange maps with India on their boundary alignment.
  • India is every time told that the framework and the guiding principles have to be first formulated as if to say that more than a decade which has passed was not enough when the first discussions on these aspects were first touched upon
  • Recent reports from Indian official circles indicate that Chinese troops made more than 300 incursions into Indian Territory in the last two years.
  • Chinese troops demolished Indian bunkers in the vicinity of the junction of India-Bhutan border.
  • Chinese academics have begun forcefully reiterating that China-India boundary settlement is not possible until India agrees to compromise by handing over Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh in India to China.

To the above list needs to be added that China still continues to be ambivalent and is not explicit in asserting that it would not oppose India's Permanent Membership of the UN Security Council and that it would not oppose the passage of the India 'US Nuclear Deal in the Nuclear Suppliers Group negotiations. The latter has been commented as such by the Indian Prime Minister on his return from China that he could not get any firm guarantees from China on that score.

China has also not given any indications that it is now inclined to recast its South Asia policies that impinge on India's strategic sensitivities and pose a threat to India's national security interests with special reference to its nexus with Pakistan

Overall, the present picture of China-India relations is neither promising nor optimistic as sought to be made out by most Indian strategic analysts. It is forgotten by them that with India's growing strategic salience in global affairs and India's strategic and military buildup, China 'India relations are no longer a one-way street. China needs to recognize that any future Chinese foreign policy formulations must take this into account.

Concluding one would like to emphasize that India should strive to forge a friendly and co-operative relationship with India but at the same time keeping its strategic guard against China in a high state of vigilance and alertness.

India's political leadership, its policy establishment and its strategic community should not be overtaken by romanticism generated by China's rhetorical flourishes and in the process become oblivious to the lessons of the history of China-India relations and the strategic vagaries therein.

18-Jan-2008
More by :  Dr. Subhash Kapila
 
Views: 1788
Share This Page
Post a Comment
Bookmark and Share
Name*
Email ID*  (will not be published)
Comment
Verification Code*
M2P88
Please fill the above code for verification.

    

 
 
Top | PlainSpeak



Solitude and other poems by Rajender Krishan
 


    A Bystander's Diary     Analysis     Architecture     Astrology     Ayurveda     Book Reviews
    Buddhism     Business     Cartoons     CC++     Cinema     Computing Articles
    Culture     Dances     Education     Environment     Family Matters     Festivals
    Flash     Ghalib's Corner     Going Inner     Health     Hinduism     History
    Humor     Individuality     Internet Security     Java     Linux     Literary Shelf
    Love Letters     Memoirs     Musings     My Word     Networking     Opinion
    Parenting     People     Perspective     Photo Essays     Places     PlainSpeak
    Quotes     Ramblings     Random Thoughts     Recipes     Sikhism     Society
    Spirituality     Stories     Teens     Travelogues     Vastu     Vithika
    Women     Workshop
RSS Feed RSS Feed Home | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Site Map
No part of this Internet site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright holder.
Developed and Programmed by ekant solutions