Claude Arpi on an Alzheimerish China and Ajit Doval’s comments on why Delhi ‘needs to remain on a very high alert’.
n China the fact remains that in the years to come. Narendra Modi will have a lot of work to untie the many knots left by Jawaharlal Nehru and his advisors like K.M. Panikar and V.K. Krishna Menon.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is preparing to pay his maiden visit to Beijing (as Prime Minister), it necessary to come back on another visit, President Xi Jinping’s trip to Pakistan and the enormity of the ‘gifts’ that Chinese President brought in his luggage as he landed in Islamabad.
Before his visit to China, Mr. Narendra Modi probably realises that he can’t stop the rise of the Middle Kingdom, neither on land or on seas, but in the years to come, a professional and well-trained Indian Navy could act as a deterrent against the fast occupation of the Sea by a today-peaceful China.
A disaster for China might be a blessing for India, but Xi Jinping and his colleague Wang Qishan seem determined to clean up the PLA and change the stakes. Whether they can succeed is another issue.
Xi Jinping has had a smooth smooth start but the difficulties of China’s initiatives may soon come to the fore, though it certainly augurs that the 21st century will be Asian. However, we will have to wait for a few years to know if India and China can cooperate, or bitterly compete.
But ultimately, nobody knows if China will crack up, collapse or simply reform soon. The last would be the best alternative for China and the rest of the world.
Sri Lanka’s Modi initiative is most welcome; the time has indeed come for Dharamsala to create a South Asian Bureau for Buddhists Affairs to facilitate a Buddhist Union.
Like for the PLA ‘ethnic’ officers and religious figures, the presence of ‘ethnic’ Party cadres in the government in Beijing does not help much to find a solution to the Tibetan issue, on the contrary!
One moral of the story, if China wants, as per the words of President Xi Jinping, to be a ‘normal’ State, it can’t afford anymore to take ‘revolution’ to its neighbours, like Mao did. In the coming months, China will have to match its words and actions.