India: Power Dread & Aksai Chin

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India has been positioning itself to be in the Premier Asian Political League, for quite some time; however, it incurs the risk of not achieving its goal if it refuses to step up the game...

From the 15th of April to the 5th of May, of the current year, there was a standoff between Indian and China (called the 2013 Daulat Beg Oldi Incident).
Brief historical summary: Aksai Chin - a territory part of Jammu & Kashmir state under a 1842 treaty signed between the Chinese and the Sikhs - has been coveted by China since the British defeated the Sikhs in 1846; but it only managed to partially usurp (and upset India over) it after India's independence from the British rule, mainly by using an interesting loophole caused by British neglect of the affair and Indian laisse-faire (on historical grounds). [Read more here]
Until last week, China, in a clear provocative action, placed troops in Indian territory and invaded Indian air space (although the Red Dragon denies it). India responded by encamping soldiers across the military Red Dragons.

But why is China doing this now? Because Beijing fears New Delhi.

India is comprised by nearly 1.3 billion people; who live in a free, democratic, society. It is building a strong middle class that will eventually demand from its government a more nationalistic stance. Moreover, India is a country that has been undergoing several reforms that render it an even more appealing market to invest in; and, for that reason, it is getting more and more powerful; therefore a menace...to China (a nation made up of over 1.3 billion people; who live under an authoritarian regime that suppresses freedom and controls everything from religion to business, and everything in between).

The Indian freedom and thrive are an inspiration to neighbouring countries (mainly in eastern and southeastern Asia), that do not wish to grant China that much power by allowing it to exert its influence over them. This means that India has an opportunity to shift the balance of power in its neighbourhood, by consolidating interesting alliances.
Having said this, the recent Daulat Beg Oldi Incident serves both as a warning (that India should not attempt to get in the way of China's Path to Regional Power; that it should think twice before, upsetting its number one trade partner by, getting too cosy with the United States and Australia; and, that in the eventuality of a military engagement with Pakistan, China would be closer to support its Urdu friend - whom it sees not only as a bridge-head for Chinese control over Central Asia but also as a stability shield for the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) and as a distraction (by occasionally reminding India that the Aksai Chin issue is hovering over its head; the Red Dragon contains India and hinders it from "catching up with China in decades to come" [Dr. B. R. Deepak]).

Beijing fears India. The Daulat Beg Oldi Incident is testament to that; but the question is: will India have the fortitude to use China's public confession of fear to its advantage?

Check...mate...

Comments

  1. Fascinating, Max. I don't know how you manage to stay so well informed. I think that most of us Americans are lacking in our knowledge of international politics, just as we, for the most part, lack political will to address concerns within our own country. And our media, in belaboring what they must consider to be "human interest" stories, is of little help in educating us.

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    1. Hi Lynda :D!

      Thank you *bowing*. I have help now (my contributing editor is a blessing) :).
      You are not the first American to tell me that. Oh the media *nodding*...it gets to my wits, I swear. So manipulative, when they should be educating all of us instead.

      Lynda, thank you so much for your comment, darling. You were missed :D.

      Have a great weekend

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  2. Not to worry. India is what we call Pavitra Bhumi. That is Sanskrit for Sacred Land. For thousands of years it has had a highly spiritual people living on it. So, despite a non functioning government, I am confident that China can be taken care of just as I am confident of taking care of Pakistan and anybody else. We have been invaded by many and have survived with our civilisation intact and will in the future also. Our military and nuclear strengths are well known enough for me not to reiterate here.

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    1. Hi Rummy :D!

      I just want to see India succeed (I am rooting for it).
      Yes, it is Pavitra Bhumi indeed :).

      I am waiting for that day, my friend: to see India kick political butt.

      Rummy, thank you so so much for your input :D. Awesome.

      Have a great weekend

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  3. China should definitely fear India! India is a country where people are free, respected, where people can pratice their own religion in peace; whose government is now realizing the need to open the market more. And women are empowered too! What is China? A ruse.

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    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      Indeed, indeed.

      Well, China is a not exactly a ruse; however, it is some sort of bully.

      Anonymous, thank ever so much for your input :D.

      Have a great weekend

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  4. Finally, there is a country that China fears. :)

    How are you sweetie? Hope you're doing well.

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    1. Hi Liza :D!

      lol Right? :)

      I am well, my dear; thank you for asking. I hope all is well with you.

      Liza, it was nice to see you here and thanks for your comment :D.

      Have a great weekend

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  5. I hadn't pondered the possibility of a fearful China ... at least at that level. China has been making noises in various places stirring up confrontations with many countries over obscure bits of inhospitable land. My sense was that they were playing to their people. By whipping up some nationalistic emotion they can give their people something to focus on other than buildings collapsing from construction companies cheating on the concrete and steel, or rat meat sold as something else. Of course you must win the confrontation, but you don't want it to blow up into something bigger.

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    1. Hi Looney :D!

      Those bits of inhospitable land are capital. I heard of one motive: hydrate methane.
      Only all the rest is willing to fight China if needed (with the strategic help of the US).

      You are right about the "nationalistic emotion" and that is what I admire in the Red Dragons: their ability to play different angles at the same time. However, they should not underestimate their adversaries (which many times the Red Government seems to do, based on over-confidence).

      Looney, thank you ever so much for your input :D. Fab.

      Have a blessed weekend

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  6. Olá Max!

    The west always complained that India was too leftist and then they chose China (a communist country) to invest in. The west unleashed the dragon. They wanted to contain China and now they say China is creating too much trouble. But what was their position in this Daulat Beg Oldi incident? They either ran to India to tell her to back off or they thought "Uh, don't worry...Indians are never aggressive. Asia's order is safe!"

    India needs to be more assertive if it wants to belong to the big league and we all know it does. My money is definitely on India!

    Tchau

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    1. Olá Celeste :D!

      Indeed, it is a paradox.
      I hear you!

      Celeste, thank you so so much for your input :D. Fantastic.

      Have a great weekend

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  7. Its checkmate indeed Max, for it is a common belief in India of it being a 'soft' nation towards major issues in the diaspora. Clearly, it has always love to take the middle path and given the fragmented polity, which is just increasing by the day, due to its over-democratic constitution, and the force with which the different states within India are asserting themselves over International diplomatic issues, India risks losing the faith almost all its immediate neighbours which is being exploited by China, whether its Nepal, Srilanka, Bangladesh and for Pakistan, it has always remained hostile for its own interests. India does need to assert itself more (which we doubt with the present dispensation who has ruled the country for almost 2/3 rd of the period since Independence.). China knows the weaknesses of India well from the time of Tibetan hostility and when now India tried to meddle in the South China sea recently, they striked back with equal vengeance and India being soft as it is just paid more lip service than any concrete steps being taken by it.

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    1. Hi Kalyan :D!

      I agree with you that India needs to be more assertive. And yes, China is known for playing with others' weaknesses (which is an acceptable strategic move); so, its adversaries should anticipate themselves.

      But you know what they say: everything that has a beginning has an end. And China knows it...

      K, thank you so so much for your awesome comment :D.

      Cheers

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  8. I am not sure India will take advantage of the Chinese public expression of fear! Like Kalyan said above, India is known for its soft stance. I have spoken to a few Indian citizens and they all express their disappointment in their government; they all lament its lack of strength (in lack of a better word).
    Well, like someone here said someone needs to put China in its place and I am counting on either India or Japan! China does behave like a bully...

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    1. Hi Ana :D!

      Then perhaps the time has come for those disappointed citizens to come together and demand a change from their government, yes? The question is how and through whom...the Indian elite?

      :)

      Ana, thank you ever so much for your awesome input :D.

      Cheers

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    1. Hi James :D!

      Welcome to our little corner *bowing*.

      Really? I didn't know that...

      Thank you for having dropped by, James. And please feel free to come back :D.

      Cheers

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  10. The Chinese PM is in India and says they need to ensure peace and stability along their borders (in other words "India, don 't make a fuss over a trivial issue. Here's a new $100bn bilateral trade deal for 2015, that should keep you quiet!). This being said, I think your article has just been proven right!!

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    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      So, I heard. lol In your opinion, China just bought 2 more years of silence and quietness?

      Anonymous, thank you ever so much for great your input :D.

      Cheers

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    1. Hi PNG :D!

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      I hope to see you again soon.

      Cheers

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