Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Where India overlaps with China

China has become too powerful economically and militarily and quite fast. Under such circumstances, any nation would become arrogant turning to a bully and China is and will NOT be an exception. They are like a python and whose appetite is insatiable. When they feel like striking and against whom will be decided by them as per their thinking.
As for India, it has to speed up its economic growth and building military strength and modernisation otherwise the gap between China and India will keep increasing to our disadvantage. Sadly our politicians are busy in petty politics and the bureaucracy does not have nation building as prime agenda and focus. Therefore one does not see a bright light on the horizon.
Lt Gen Harbhajan Singh (Retd)

Where India overlaps with China
Mon Nov 21 2011

“Building Bridges”, the theme of the recently concluded 17th SAARC summit in the Maldives, is an evocative one. There is no denying its relevance, both for enhanced physical connectivity as well as for the prospects for improved political dialogue in the South Asian region. But the infrastructure metaphor is perhaps most apt for China, and in more ways than one. In the coming months, the regional organisation, with eight members and nine observers, is set to seriously undertake a comprehensive review of all matters relating to its engagement with observers. As China seeks to upgrade its engagement with South Asia, what will be worth watching is if it can play a role in bridging differences in the region.

This will depend on how China’s public diplomacy tackles three critical challenges. The primary challenge will be to see the kind of normative choices it is likely to make in the region. As a rising power, the ideas, norms and values it will come to represent will be key to China’s self-image. For some time now, China has been advocating the “new security concept”, structured around the values of accommodation and cooperative security. For instance, will China find it in its national interest to play a divisive or an integrative role in the South Asian region? Will it be tempted to tap the politics of resentment and allow South Asian states to play the China card to counter India’s influence? Or alternately, will it forsake such behaviour, raising the chances of regional peace, and in the process shoring up its own acceptability as a responsible and mature power? The interplay of ideas, interests and institutions will be a compelling one, and its trade-offs as yet complex and uncertain.
Where India overlaps with China
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