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“Border dispute with India could damage China”, Chinese experts warn Jinping Government!

India and China have a long history of border disputes, a full scale War of 1962 and several small skirmishes have been taken place between two Asian giants. Now the latest blow to the relations of both the Nations is the current issue of Doklam.

Since Day-1, Chinese Media is on high and have started their propaganda to mount pressure on India. We have seen anti India rant almost on daily basis. If we believe Chinese Media, then we are already at War. However there are some sane voices in China as well, who are able to understand the veracity of the situation. Those people understand that any escalation of tension could be counter-productive for China.

As per the Chinese Experts any escalation could also Beijing’s ambitious trade and infrastructure plan, the “One Belt and One Road Initiative”, experts have warned.

Chinese and Indian troops have been locked in an eyeball-to-eyeball stand-off for over 40 days in a Doklam area of Bhutan. Both Nations are blaming each other for escalating the dispute by deploying massive in the area.

Macau-based Chinese Military expert Antony Wong Dong warned that Beijing’s hardball politics are pushing New Delhi further away and could end up making it an enemy for rest of the life.

He said that “China is playing psychological warfare … but it should realize that even if it defeated India in a war on land, it would be impossible for the PLA navy to break India’s maritime supremacy in Indian Ocean”.

China is heavily reliant on imported fuel and, according to figures published by state media, more than 80 per cent of its oil imports travel via the Indian Ocean or Strait of Malacca.

“Unlike other Southeast Asian countries, India has never succumbed to China’s ‘carrot and stick’ strategies,” Wong said. “India is strategically located at the heart of China’s energy lifeline and the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, and offending India will only push it into the rival camp, which is planning to contain China by blocking the Malacca Strait and the Indian Ocean.”

Sun Shihai, an adviser to the Chinese Association for South Asian Studies, echoed Wong’s views. He was concerned that the worst military stand-off in more than three decades would fuel anti-Chinese sentiment in India, as mistrust and hostility between the two countries run deep with every passing day.

He also warned that If not properly handled, the border row could have a long-term impact on China’s efforts to expand its diplomatic and economic influence beyond the Asia-Pacific region with its “One Belt and One Road Initiative”, he said.

“India could be is one of the most important strategic partners for China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ because of its extremely important geographic location,” Sun said.

“China has been trying to persuade India for quite some time to join the ambitious ‘Belt and Road’ projects because both countries stand to benefit from them strategically and economically. The latest tension has already soured the bilateral ties and the growing mistrust will only make New Delhi more reluctant to make a favorable decision,” he said.


Manish Sharma

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