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We should do what?!? Hug China?
To consider China a friend can be no less than a bomb of a blunder
12/07/2007

The aftermath of the Pokharan tests in 1998, when George Fernandes claimed that it wasn’t Pakistan but the threat from China that necessitated the nuclear test, created a major furore among the peaceniks and pseudo-intellectuals of this country. But the fact that most of the major powers of the world, including Russia, France and USA, let India off and eventually gave a whisper of a legitimacy through the nuclear deal (currently under negotiations) vindicates that what Fernandes claimed was not a slip of tongue. Even if we keep aside the humiliation that was showered on us by China in 1962 as a thing of the past, for the past two decades China has been consistently arming Pakistan with the most lethal nuclear and missile technology for obvious reasons.

In addition to this, for years, China was unwilling to accept Sikkim as a part of India. And now, even after they have endorsed the same, their latest intransigence about Arunachal Pradesh is a mere continuation of their long term strategic goals. In the same league, the Chinese interference in the subcontinent is on a rise, be it arming Sri Lanka and Bangladesh or setting up strategic bases in Indian Ocean. China’s economic growth has coincided with a stupendous increase in its defence expenditure, reaching an official level of $45 billion ($70 billion claimed unofficially) with a massive manhunt for oil to fuel the growing economy, where time and again it is confronting ONGC. Yet, it’s not just India. Be it Taiwan, Japan or even United states and Russia, no one knows what the dragon would eventually be up to. In its quest to become the largest economy of the world – as has been predicted by the Goldman Sachs – China would increasingly have face-offs with India. And even though it still makes a lot of sense to maintain economic cooperation with China, under no circumstances can India lower its guard. We paid the price for that in 1962. It’s high time we learnt from history... or from the Chinese DonFeng missiles.

By:- B&E
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