China: Our inflexible and untrustworthy neighbour

The border clash between India and China is far from being resolved. On the military front, both countries have significantly increased deployment along the Line of Actual Control and their soldiers are eye-ball to eye-ball. The economic relationship between the two Asian giants is also slowly disintegrating.
India has rightly said that the changes in the territorial status quo must be reversed. China has said the two sides should accept the present ground reality, move on and think of the future. Beijing’s position is absurd.  With wars of conquest largely history, Beijing’s preferred model is to impose political humiliation through symbolically powerful victories designed to make the other side look weak. In the latest incident along the LAC, the Indian army managed to thwart another intrusion by Chinese troops in the Chushul sector, broadly between Pangong Tso and Spanggur Gap. On the night of August 29-30, around 300 Chinese troops had attempted to seize the heights in the area that clearly fell within the Indian side of the LAC. But Indian troops were quickly mobilised to occupy the dominant heights first.
According to Pentagon’s latest report, the Chinese military is pressing to double its 200-plus nuclear warheads within a decade with the ability to launch them aboard ballistic missiles by land. Aside from aiming for technological parity with the United States, the People’s Liberation Army is also focused on conducting joint operations, to be able to deter or defeat any US effort to intervene on Taiwan’s behalf.
China’s ideology of expansionism exposed to the world. But Chinese media, special Global Times, blamed India for creating tension at the border and increasing mistrust between two countries. In its recent editorial, the Global Times writes, “India has cancelled much cooperation with China since Galwan Valley clash. Its nationalism is inflicting damage to itself.  India’s national security outlook is twisted. New Delhi’s defense budget reached $71.1 billion, ranking the third in the world, or about 2.4 per cent of its GDP. However, a large part of it was spent on meaningless border friction with its neighbours.”
The Global Times’ editorial further says—“India has gone astray playing geopolitics with China. Countries like the US will bever really offer a hand to India, but rather take advantage of the South Asian giant.” The world knows that India has no-aggression history. India is a peace-loving country and always on the right path.

- Prabhakar Purandare

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