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What are China’s intentions towards India?

October 29, 2009

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh just met the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and they talked peace. Strangely, there was no mention of the tensions over Arunachal Pradesh.  But why avoid the issue? According to the Indian army chief, between 2006 and 2008, Chinese intrusions doubled from 140 incidents to 270. That’s not all. China keeps screaming if our politicians travel to Arunachal, and keeps making claims about Arunachal being part of China. The British drew a disputed Line , but they left a long time ago, so why the sudden aggression?

We should thrash out this issue soon. Or are we going to do it at a later date, when things get worse? Are we going to wait until China brings it up and react defensively?

Funnily, Arunachal is more integrated with India than most other north eastern states. Its people speak Hindi as a link language for one thing. And even otherwise they have a strong Indian identity. Plus, in the latest assembly election they had a 72% voter turnout! In fact Arunachalis are willing to fight and give up their lives to keep China out. They know that joining China means complete obliteration of their indigenous culture. The trouble China will face if it ever annexes Arunachal will be much more than what they are experiencing in Tibet.

I am sure China knows this, and with their present problems with the Uighurs in Xinjiang and in Tibet, the last thing they want is more violence. Ofcourse China’s AP hysteria maybe a long term strategy, but on the other hand China might have another agenda.

What could China’s agenda be? Here are a few theories which I gathered from reading on the subject:

  1. China wants to expand its territory, it wants Arunachal Pradesh. And eventually plans to annex it. Sounds ridiculous for a country in 2009, but is China in 2009?
  2. China is acting like a big bully and flexing its muscles because it has now become an economic power.
  3. China doesn’t want Arunachal at all, but it surely covets Tawang, which used to be a part of Tibet. China annexed Tibet, but the British had made Tawang a part of India. A lot of Tibetans live in Tawang and China fears that this is where they could create trouble for China. So, China’s plans (at a later date) would be to agree to give up claims on AP in exchange for India giving up Tawang.
  4. What China really wants to do is destabilize India because it doesn’t want a powerful neighbour. Is it worried that it won’t be the only powerful country in Asia? Is China insecure about it’s own growth? Is it worried that its export-led economic model is not as good as India’s more balanced economy? Or that India will gang up against it with the other democracies once it  becomes economically stronger? And is that why China is using the same destructive strategy that Pakistan employed for the last two decades to try and destroy India? Here are some examples:
    • China clandestinely supports anti-India groups in India (Assam, Kashmir and the North East). Sure we don’t have hard proof just as yet, but then we didn’t have it of Pakistan’s involvement for many years either. China is friends with Pakistan, which everyone knows is the hub of terrorists activities of the world. China has also helped Pakistan with its nuclear capabilities. And it has helped Pakistan with weapons.  You can read more about China’s growing role in PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) here.
    • China was reluctant to support the U.N. sanctions against Lashkar-e-Taiba and its front, Jammat-ud-Dawa, the organizations responsible for the Mumbai hotel attacks. Finally China was forced to give in.
    • China is opposed to India being made permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
    • There have been news articles in the Chinese media about breaking up India. No articles in the Chinese media appear without the government’s approval.
    • Chinese supports anti-Indian factions in Nepal.
    • The Chinese has had a “String of Pearls” strategy for India for some time now. This strategy basically refers to China’s geo-political influence around India. The Chinese pearls are Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles and Pakistan and apparently a signals intelligence unit has come up on Cocos Islands, near the Andamans. You can read more about this subject here.

5. China wants to divert the attention of its citizens from its own social and economic problems. Apparently China has a rather serious problem on its hands in Xinjiang, far more so than it is letting on. China is also facing economic problems and it’s not just due to the economic disparity in its country, but also because many factories have closed down recently, forcing labour to go back to the countryside.
6. China is worried about Indo-US ties and wants to weaken India.

You can take your pick but if you ask me I think that China has little understanding of democracy (it saw Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s campaigning in Arunachal during the elections as threatening to it) and has no idea as to how the world has changed. It will never be able to manage the Arunachalis, who love India and love democracy and have been a part of India for more than half a century.

Countries with political systems such as China’s are naturally aggressive. In any case, I doubt that China will really take Arunachal Pradesh for reasons mentioned earlier in the post. Sure, it wants to dominate in Asia but they know that they will have to brutally suppress the culture of the Arunachalis to rule them and that is not something they want to tackle. At least not now. I believe that China is simply playing a game, in the hope of getting India to give up Tawang and back off from its claim on Aksai Chin. India says Aksai Chin is a part of Jammu and Kashmir and China which is holding Aksai Chin, says it’s part of China.

The Future
Pessimists like Gordon Chang (writes a weekly column for Forbes), author of The Coming Collapse of China, feel that the Arunachal problem could erupt into war, but there are others, like B. Raman, a retired Additional Secretary from India, who feel more optimistic and believe that “expanding economic relations between the two countries will ultimately moderate the Chinese position and facilitate a mutually acceptable compromise”. I think the truth lies somewhere inbetween. As I mentioned earlier I doubt that China will want war but I also doubt that China will want to compromise in any way except in a way which will benefit it.

The Solutions (from what I have read)
Pursue diplomacy aggressively. Misunderstandings and miscalculations can often escalate the issue.
Stop sensationalisation of the issue. Sensationalising the border issue, whipping up jingoistic sentiment amongst the public can be dangerous.
However, make the public aware. Give out the correct information.
India needs to be militarily prepared because China is.
We need infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control. China has it.
We need to ensure that our side of the story is told to the rest of the world.
The security forces should police the Indo-China Border, but do so without any noise.
Development of Arunachal Pradesh should be undertaken.
India should address the issue. Speak up and use all diplomatic means to solve the issue. There has been a beginning. For example, India has recently said that China must stop all its activities in Pak-Occupied Kashmir, which is a disputed territory. India also spoke up against Chinese objections to our PM’s visit to our own state.

(The photograph is from China.org and was taken during the 2008 meeting and map credits: travels.talash.com))

Related Reading: All posts on China.

35 Comments leave one →
  1. sherjeelawan permalink
    October 29, 2009 1:43 pm

    nice blog but fact is a fact, China is stronger then India and as India is in constantly in a state of war since 1947 and China kept to make their economy strong, now india has to be very careful. I am sure you know what I am saying…

  2. October 29, 2009 2:27 pm

    And how come the other countries of the world have kept quiet about this?

    But once again it is India isn’t it? History makes this the country which everyone else wants to rule- and yet our diversity has never been disrupted, it has only been enhanced. I think we have enough internal(and external) problems at the moment and a war would do us no good…

    And well our political system is still doing pretty well, see even the Americans aren’t going to invade us😛

    • October 29, 2009 2:29 pm

      And forgot to add, I think Russia will be the key here- they will have more say in this issue, than the Americans🙂

    • Alex permalink
      October 23, 2011 8:11 pm

      Why on earth would the US want to invade India? What is the benefit? Who would want the trouble of governing India’s chaos?

  3. October 29, 2009 3:36 pm

    I feel that Lahore is more like other Indian cities than a Pak city… maybe we should claim it?? Diplomacy, and the way things are sorted out, are quite funny.

    Destination Infinity

  4. Lakshmi permalink
    October 29, 2009 4:11 pm

    Hi Nita,

    Very relevant observations. The recent Chinese response to the PM’s visit was puzzling and strangely aggressive. You analysis was helpful.

    Regarding the Indian PM’s silence on this during the recent meeting with the Chinese – isn’t that characteristic of India? I remember another incident when the bodies of some BSF men were recovered with third degree torture from the Bangladeshi side of the border, India kept quiet – the reason was it did not want to ‘jeapordize’ relations with a ‘friendly’ neighbour. It was frustrating to some of us. Being open is not one of India’s talents.

    Your comment about govts such as the chinese being naturally aggressive is interesting. Only this attitude is so stupid in this day and age. When the forming of the EU and its benefits, nations must understand the power of cooperation and co-existence. A developed China and a developed India can co-exist and enrich the lives of their billions.

    You are so right about developing Arunachal, improving infrastructure along the border…

  5. October 29, 2009 6:14 pm

    It is not only the territory dispute that China has with India. The following information available in media prove that China does not want India to become a super power.
    1. China exports fake medicines to African countries with ‘made in India’ tag.
    2. Fake drugs from China reach Chennai through sea routes.
    3. Fake automobile, cosmetics, baby food, batteries with Indian brand names from China reach Chennai through sea routes.
    4. Remote controlled toy planes that operate in banned frequency spectrum in India regularly come from China.
    5. Mobile phones without International Mobile Equipment Identity number reach India in large quantities.
    6. Cheap globes from China showing Jammu & Kashmir as a separate country are sold in Indian market for Rs 100.

    Other than media reports like this, government response to these is not known.

  6. October 30, 2009 12:26 am

    Once odzer said this to me… China is more dangerous than pakistan… Then i didnt believed it… Now i am forced to believe because the recent developments are like that… And I wont be surprised if a war erupts… Because china seems to show their power to world… Their relationship with us is like smiling at the face and stabbing at the back…
    There is no clarification given by their for such article on India(breaking up)… And the way our Indian officials tackling it is really pathetic.. No strong condemns for such acts and really our foreign policy sucks these days… Instead of strong words they butter them…😡
    India’s stand in every issue is concerning US…

  7. October 30, 2009 3:21 am

    Russia and China had border disputes from cold-war era. Last year the Russians decided to concede most of it due to China’s increasing clout and due to their own calculations. Plus there is a demographic invasion of Russia’s east by Chinese going there to do business, which is a different story. Even Japan resolved territorial issues similarly.

    China’s only remaining border dispute is with India and they are determined to focus on it aggressivley and extract concessions. Economic success and the respect it brought from Europeans and Americans has emboldened the Chinese. Some day, hopefully, the world will take on the Chinese for causing loss of jobs in many first world as well as third world countries.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/23/opinion/23krugman.html?_r=2

  8. October 30, 2009 10:19 am

    China has reasons to behave the way they are doing.They know that we are a very weak nation politically(which we are),that our politicians will sacrifice anything to remain in power ,at any cost.
    China is very strong economically and would not like to see any other economic power in this region.Hence it is using Pak-Bangla-Nepal-Ulfa nexus to disturb India.They are also worried with the developments in Pak and India’s closeness to the US.
    What happens in the years to come is difficult to predict,but if we do not keep our diplomacy up to date and do not keep our guard alert,China may try it’s adventure again.We must also give up our attitude of being defensive when it comes to China.So what if we lost 1962….at least we should be ready now and ensure that Chinese and rest of the world knows we are a strong nation.

  9. October 31, 2009 9:02 am

    sherjeelawan, there is no doubt about China being stronger. Both militarily and economically.

    vishesh, you know how the US kept quiet about Pakistan for so many years, for their own self interest. Yesterday for the first time Hillary Clinton said what is the truth, that people in the Pakstani govt. are shielding not just the Taliban but the Al Qaeda. A lot of countries want to keep China happy, either for trade reasons or for political reasons. I assure you that no one is going to help India. And China knows this.

    DI, yeah and a lot of other places too! Perhaps now UK will say that hey, we have so many people of Indian origin here, lets claim India back!😀

    Laxmi, I am surprised that China fails to appreciate a basic fact, that two countries can be neighbors and both strong and it is mutually beneficial. You can see that in Europe for example. But I think China lives in ancient times where it wants to rule and dominate. It has little understanding of existign peacefully side by side. One can only hope that this attitude changes.

    OldSailor, thanks for that additional information. You are right, China tries to attack us on all fronts. I think it is petty and also a stupid and brainless strategy in the long run. What is sad is that they are fooling their own people too, as all their media is controlled.

    Kanagu, I agree with Odzer here because China is going to become economically powerful and will be able to make other countries tow its line.

    Maald, China will definitely extract concessions. It is a big bully.

    BK Chowla, being alert is fine, but a little aggression on our part (diplomatically) should do no harm either.

    • sherjeelawan permalink
      November 6, 2009 2:54 pm

      Hi Nita,
      Thanks for your reply, I do not mean any offense, its just that honestly speaking I am hating this War Minded People ruling us. Just sick of these things, I went to UAE, stayed in US for a long time and I find myself “FREE” and enjoy “Freedom” even when I land on Duabi Airport. I hope u understand what I am saying, why cannot we live with peace and freedom, why cannot we start to build something positive for our upcoming nations.
      Life has a lot to offer, other then fighting and rampage.
      God Bless us all

  10. October 31, 2009 8:17 pm

    nita, this is one of the toughest questions in the blogosphere. may be indians will have to put a spy camera/voice recorder ( whatever is required ) so one can hear when the chinese hold discussions, just like how the US put one on a chinese air craft that carried chinese delegates visit to the US – it was during bush’s time – i don’t remember who.

  11. Richard permalink
    November 1, 2009 2:34 am

    Hi, I am a Chinese-American and I’ve been a occasional reader of Nita’s blog ever since I read her description of her vacation to China. I had just finished a 3 week tour about a year before she did and found her descriptions from the point of view of an Indian visitor quite refreshing. I have since enjoyed reading her entries on the many aspects of Indian life and reading the responses of the other readers, who are obviously quite educated and have sophisticated views.

    I wanted to post now because I am surprised by the suspicion, distrust and even fear that China seems to incite in so many Indians, even Nita and the gentle readers of her blog. One driver of these feelings seem to be perceived bellicosity of the Chinese foreign ministry, the most recent example being the loud protests made of PM Singh’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. The other driver, it seems to me at least, seems to be the rather sensationalist reporting by the free but not particularly responsible Indian press. The most recent example of this is the report the Indian jawans were wounded by bullets fired from the Chinese side of the LAC. This report was not picked up by the western press because it was, well, false, and has been denied the Indian government. However, it seems to have whipped up quite a frenzy – at least that is something Indians share with the Chinese – a deep distrust of their respective governments. Frankly, when I read these reports in the Times of India and Hindustan Times I feel like I am reading the blogs of the far right in the U.S., who also happens to harbor a tremendous fear of China.

    In my view, Indians seem to be rather a bit too sensitive to what is a standard practice of Chinese diplomacy. China regularly throws out similarly “impassioned” protests at the U.S., E.U., Japan, and lately even Australia (over the failed deals to purchase Australian mining companies). People in these countries tend not to take these protests too seriously, rather they tend to laugh at the rather over the top protests as a sign of the still rather unsophisticated state of Chinese diplomacy. I think it would be a great idea if Indians adopt a tit for tat diplomatic response by imitating the Chinese and give them a taste of their own medicine. For example, the next time the Chinese protests a PM visit to AP, or they stamp papers rather than visas for visitors from Kashimir, the GOI should issue a protest to the vein that:
    1. The Chinese action is interfering in the internal affairs of India
    2. The Chinese action is hurting the feelings of the Indian people (that’s a Chinese favorite and the best butt of jokes for westerners)
    3. The Indian people resolutely opposes interference in its affairs by foreign powers

    As Nita and other visitors to China have seen, China has spent countless billions to build infrastructure to help develop its economy. I have visited tier 2 and tier 3 Chinese cities in the more prosperous third of the country, and it certainly is not “eyewash.” What should be obvious is that China is totally focused on its economic development rather than territorial aggression. A war just makes all those nice cities, bridges and highways better targets for the enemy.

    So why does China seem to be so provocative to India (although I still stand by my observation about Indian sensitivity on this subject)? I think the answer is rather simpler than the theories in Nita’s post. Simply put, China is not secure in its position in Tibet – as the recent riots have demonstrated. The key source of the instability, as they see it, is the Dalai Lama. And India’s the Dalai’s host. The Chinese don’t really have a good response for this (although recently getting President Obama to not meet the Dalai in Washington was a good trick). Until they figure out how to effectively neutralize the Dalai, the Chinese will keep lodging these protests, if nothing else but to show their frustration. I’m not saying they are right or wrong, but this hardly equates to a threat to invade Indian territory or destroy the Indian government.

    • November 1, 2009 10:18 am

      Richard, thank you for writing a balanced comment and also taking the trouble to pen it. I appreciate your viewpoint, and after reading it I also feel better about the whole issue. You are right, there has been some sensational reporting of the issue and the situation has become such that it becomes difficult to separate truth from fact. I am a great admirer of the Chinese people but not such a fan of the government. And it is always secrecy which frightens people, and makes people more suspicious. No one quite sure what the Chinese government has in mind and our media is not helping.

  12. November 1, 2009 4:15 am

    Hi Nita,

    You have been awarded:

    http://kanaguonline.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/awards-time/

  13. November 1, 2009 9:37 am

    Dealing with China is definitely an interesting experience. On the one hand, you need to ensure that one doesn’t piss them off while on the other, India needs to save her butt.
    Now going as per today’s world, nobody wants war, least of all China. What this generally results in is a civil disobedience/war kind of situation a-la Uighur like you pointed out. Can we afford another Kashmir in Arunachal, definitely not! So I feel the best ploy would be to continue lodging intense protests every time that China creates a fuss (as someone pointed out in the comments above) and at the same time ensure presence over the LAC and stop any infiltrations before Arunachal turns into another Kashmir.

    • November 1, 2009 10:20 am

      Sid, I agree with you that China doesn’t want war and I am of the opinion that it doesn’t want Arunachal either. I have given the reasons in the post. Yes people in India fear that Arunachal will turn into another Kashmir, but I personally do not think so.

  14. November 1, 2009 10:26 am

    Nana Patekar aptly describes the problem with us Indians in his Krantiveer:

    • sherjeelawan permalink
      November 6, 2009 2:55 pm

      Nice

    • Paul permalink
      July 1, 2010 1:06 pm

      Neeraj
      Thanks for a bitter truth, which we still do not accept.
      Neighbouring countries are ready to wipe out our prosperity by Terror and Selling their stuff to us in the name of Business.
      Why we do not Boycott China, in a one united voice?
      Do it what Gandhiji did, for foreign made clothes, for a strong indian self sustaing economy and driving out Britishers.
      Again, thanks for the great refreshing message.
      Paul

  15. siddardha permalink
    November 2, 2009 4:02 am

    India is a very tolerant country; we Indians have never been able to show some “killer in stings” I will not be surprised if china (or china sponsored) attacks happen on us and we still will not show a grudge just like the 26th nov 08 issue. I feel that India is a widow who can be molested. We were days late in indentifying and executing the pak army from the kargil sector. We need blood thirsty and rational leadership, and not projected as a country of Lions ruled by “dogs”.

    See who is in power– right from a local MP to MLA most have been to jail at least ones for all the good and wrong reasons. As long as Indian movies show 5 men chase a women and a larger then life hero coming to rescue her, noodle top Indian cinema is a high way for exploiting women and to destroy Indian culture. India will all ways be an under dog nation.

    We need thought dynamics, not cast dynamic, not religion dynamic, not build religious power houses along the banks of river Ganga and speak of Muslims killed in godhra,but have to concave into one India not diverge in ecstasy. If the scars have to heal revenge has to be taken, people who differentiate the nation into different sects should be bare headed. For such dynamic India to evolve we need to have an army of Gods.

    Unified Education system should be in place, compulsory army or NCC for one year. Imbibe in them the attitude to kill the enemy, and not take prisoners. When is kashab going to be hanged? Why is that we don’t have a youtube video of India’s stand of terror, when all terror organisations have web sites. Shame on us that we have a leadership that has no beasty qualities in them, but known for avaricious wealth accumulation (AWA). Not nation building as agenda.

    Here in London every person from Bangladesh call him self a Bengali (Bangladesh -sick man of Asia), every Punjabi from Pakistan as Punjabi, Kashmiri people call them selfs as Kashmiri, we have an raw fundamental identity crisis; NRIs have forgotten the soil for there birth But yet glory be upon India for letting us Indians speak up in some form or other.

  16. rubbertaster permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:19 pm

    Nita
    Thank you for your wonderful blog. As an Australian who has been deeply involved in China for 15 years, I’d just like to say that a former mayor of Shanghai explained it best to me – whenever China looks outside its borders start with the economy, then military, then political. My guess is military for India border country but it’s just a guess…

  17. November 7, 2009 10:20 am

    A reader sent me this comment by email and told me that I could post it without mentioning his name. So here it is:

    One of the reasons for cultural remoteness with north east is that it finds difficult to make out whether they are Indians or Chinese unless they speak Hindi. I am sorry I hope you understand that I am not being racist here. I was once apprehensive to share an auto with a north eastern student in Bangalore failing to understand if he were Chinese or Indian. On top of it you know how safe Bangalore is. I am Indian and I don’t want to be apprehensive about a fellow Indian. But I am helpless. May be I would have not done this if the student was from anyother state, I don’t know! I felt embarassed that day, but may be it’s a lot bigger issue that would not be solved just by diverting funds to these states? May be there has to be some effort put on to bridge the cultural gap?I always felt strange on how this gap was allowed to be caused within the people of one nation!!!

    My reply to him by (email) was:

    whether Indian or Chinese, what does it matter? Criminals are certainly never foreigners in this country. They are mostly from other Indian states. So I have little idea as to why you were apprehensive. However even if you made a mistake once no need to feel guilty about it. Now you know and can always change!
    And as for changing perspectives, the government is certainly not going to do it. It is up to each individual to shake himself off from his prejudices.

  18. November 7, 2009 10:28 am

    anrosh, or perhaps discover an invisibility potion and go to Chinese secret goverenment discussions!

    Neeraj, thanks for that video. Interesting and something I have not seen before.

    Siddhartha, sure Indians do have an identity crises but it’s due to the simple fact that they are actually ethnically different. I think it is possible to develop a national identity despite this however. For example it’s possible for a Britisher of Indian origin think of himself as completely British and yet not deny his Indian roots.

    sherjeelawan,🙂

    rubbertaster, interesting perspective.

  19. November 9, 2009 10:12 am

    My views are highlighted in your’s and some of the reader’s comments. I dislike politics anyways😀 Great observations Nita.

  20. November 10, 2009 12:13 pm

    Very good observations and good comments as well. India is the best example of unity in diversity. So, India looks different at every different place. India in North is completely different than India in south. Not only in cultures but we can see the diversities in the living and lifestyle. Here, Geographical location plays important role. So, I think people at all the borders should not get confused by their own identity. I am confident about the states at border that they surely wants to be a integral part of India. But to tackle the intrusions and claims from the neighboring countries, DEVELOPMENT AND AWARENESS is the only key. All these border districts should be under easy reach by means of ROADS, RAILS and by AIR also. So we should enhance our road and rail networks to all these border states. There has to be much developments in INFRASTRUCTURE and INDUSTRIAL GROWTH. Funds should be transfered at the top priority to these states. Other states which are developed like GUJARAT, MAHARASHTRA, DELHI, KARNATAKA, ANDHRA etc. should have policies which will help students and various business of the border people, which will results in more integrity. There are some policies but not enough. Strengthening the border states is key factor. Regards.

  21. waterfriend permalink
    November 26, 2009 8:52 am

    it is best to ignore china.
    the days of imperialism are over. no one can attack and capture india or a part of it.
    in 1962, china vacated its aggression.
    be cool

  22. pradeesh permalink
    November 30, 2009 7:47 pm

    Nice observation Nita,

    There is no absolute need to compare the military strength of both nations. It doesn’t mean that stronger nation can always make things right. We are far better than China in several parameters. We know that 90% of our northern border side is Pakistan and China. One can easily understand that why Pakisthan and China are making their relationship stronger. Nothing but to build pressure along Indian borders.

    Yes, Nita is right. China never wants Arunachal Pradesh as they are well aware that its an integral part of India. They are just creating tensions so as to grab world attention that India is the country that creating disturbance in South Asia.

    Surprisingly they make Americans believe and get the so called ‘Policing Power of South Asia’ (Certified by USA). Might be the US afraid of China’s growth in the world.

    India at other hand have good relationship with Russia, USA(of course), and other European countries may be disliked by China.

    One thing is sure, India is back to China in growth, but the distant is not very long. India is a strong democratic nation and China is not.

    How long would it take the world community make up their mind and dare to think beyond China?

  23. xiaojun tang permalink
    December 12, 2009 6:06 am

    hi, i am a chinese. and accidentaly i come here and read some of , but not all of, posts.
    i lived in beijng, my home town for 35 years, than immigate to canada, and made a lot of Indian friends. i would like to say followings.

    1)India is a great country and civilization, and Indian people are great people and peaceful people.

    2)not so many non-chinese people know, the government of the P.R. China had and has an strategic plan, which is that the governemnet and communist party have only one center task/mission – economical growing + better people life. as i know they has been stick to it for 30 years and will stick to this center task for next 30-50 years without any changes. always remember, this is their strategic long term plan. All the domestic and foreign policies will and must serve this center task, basically in foreign polices, there will be no war with any countries. and in order to achieve it, they try to solve any border disputes with their neigbors by all means in a peaceful way. Not many Indians know it. So, do not have to worry about big conflicts with china. there should be no war. at least in chinese goverment plans. they want by all means to create an peace not war.

    3) i agree to the way that Indian gorvenment handled some small conflcts from chinese or
    with chinese. making those things solved quietly, rather than creating a large disturbing. one of effective way is to properly control news to serve this purpose. as a return, it will benefit both countries and peoples. if rumors, like an chinese invasion to india, spread all over the world, then Indian people will stand up and support an war against chinese invasion, leading an dezaster to both sides of people. the same in china side. Wisely handling the land dispute is the key to prevent any stupid thing happening.

    4)india must do one thing, that is being strong economically, militarlly. otherwise maybe one day in future chinese government may go crazy and think India is so weak that military conflict with india is a gain, not a loss. so building a strong india is a must before too late. in history, most of the war were from too much off-balance between both sides. so do not let it happen.

    5)too many indian people believe USA and westerns would be on India side if there were conflicts between India and China. NO. they have been hoping and waiting for these two civilizations fighting each other. So, they could sit outside, watch and benefit from it. They do not care anything else.

    6)chinese want the land they think it is theirs. the same to the indian side. nothing wrong with both sides.everyone does the same. however that is not the reason to start a war. chinese goverment show off their military muscle this october, they want to achieve one purpose that letting USA knows any military conflict between USA and china will be no good for both sides. i have to say that is nothing to do with Indian people. the fact is that USA has been constant threat to China for many years military wise. the land dispute between indian and chinese is not an any threat to china and it is not a big concern for chinese government. so no reason for a war.

    ok. i have to stop here. sorry for my poor english. hope you guys catch my point.

    thank you all
    xiaojun tang

    hullo and welcome. Thank you for your comment and it is very reassuring to read it. – Nita

  24. pradeesh permalink
    December 12, 2009 11:16 pm

    Mr. Xiaojun tang,
    your comments making some sense here…
    i may not be agree to all points, but some doubts are answerable..

  25. Zi Bin permalink
    April 5, 2010 6:02 pm

    I’m comfused to know that so many Indians looked on China as a threaten.
    Being a Chinese woman, as far as I know, most Chinese people keep a good impression to India. Because of those India Movies. They know little about India, but look on India as a friend instead of a rival.
    And Indians cares politics more than most Chinese. Intresting.

  26. Paul permalink
    July 1, 2010 12:37 pm

    China’s intentions towards India is to:
    (1) Buyout Indian politicians and make a long term, favorable, sweet deals in their best interest.
    (2) Dump cheap, low quality, contaminated or rejected (From Western Countries) goods in India.
    (3) Pull lot of wealth from India and create a Trade Deficit
    (4) Make Indian People and Industries Paralyzed by breaking the Back Bone of Indian Economy.
    (5) Lend money back to India by investing in National Bonds (It is happening in America now)
    (6)Treasury bonds are how the US – and all governments for that matter – borrows money: they
    issue government securities, which other countries and institutions buy. So, the US national debt
    is owned predominantly by China.
    (7) Even American Government is worried about it.
    (8) What is your opinion about our future? What we all can do to save India, before it is too late?
    (9) Boycott Chinese Goods using all advertising media. Establish people awareness.
    (10) Ask Politicians, what they have cooked in the meetings with Chinese Supremos?
    (11) Chinese will buy key Landmark properties and Indian resources for their benefit of business.
    (12) Eventually, China will cash out the investments and all the Government Debts, by asking what
    they want and how they want.
    (They want to control and influence our free people to make animals like themselves)
    CHINESE DO NOT NEED MONEY; THEY WANT TO STAY & CONTROL OUR HOME (INDIA)

    CHINA WANTS

    TO USE OUR PEOPLE POWER AND RESOURCES TO INCREASE THE INFLUENCE IN THE WORLD.
    Boycott!! Boycott!!! Boycott!!!! It is not late, but the beginning.
    China is Cheater, Fraudulent – the whole world knows that.
    (13) Winning the War with disabled and poor country is easy and legal than fighting in war.
    (America won’t allow the war & will fully support India – so it is more difficult.)

  27. Paul permalink
    July 11, 2010 9:02 pm

    China’s foreign reserves rise to $2.45 trillion

    On Sunday July 11, 2010, 7:58 am EDT
    BEIJING (AP) — China’s foreign reserves reached $2.45 trillion dollars by the end of June, a 15.1 percent increase year on year, the central bank said Sunday.
    However, its reserves increased by only $7.2 billion in the second quarter, a sharp drop from the first quarter when it grew by $47.9 billion, according to the People’s Bank of China. In the last quarter of 2009, reserves surged by $126.5 billion dollars.
    The declining euro is a major reason behind the slowing growth of foreign reserves, said the central bank.

    The reserves are closely watched in the United States, where China recycles its trade surpluses by buying Treasury securities and other government debt.

    It took China a decade to accumulate its first $1 trillion in foreign reserves — which it reached in 2006. But growth has since skyrocketed as trade boomed and the total passed $2 trillion last April. It surged to $2.4 trillion by the end of 2009.
    China is the U.S. government’s biggest foreign creditor but has trimmed its Treasury holdings by several billion dollars in recent months.

  28. Dominic Selvarajoo permalink
    September 14, 2010 10:02 am

    CHINA AND INDIA SHOULD LEARN FROM EACH OTHER’S POLITICAL SYSTEM.TO AVOID EXTREME IDEOLOJY AND COME BACK TO THE GOOD OLD PHILOSOPHY OF YESTERYEARS, SAGES AND WISDOM TEACHERS, WITH STRONG MODERN FOUNDATION
    SCIENCE INFLUENCES.SHARE ALL KNOWLEDGE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MANKIND.
    AVOID PETTY MISUNDERSTANDINGS WITH EACH OTHER ESPECIALLY ON BORDER
    CRISIS.EXCHANGE GIFTS AND TOKENS TO ENCHANCE FRIENDSHIP.NO MORE
    GRANDIOSE IDEAS OF EXPLOITATION ON EACH OTHER.TURN TO MOTHER THERASA’S
    WORK TO RESPECT LIFE.THE WORLD WILL BE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO READS MY MAIL.

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