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INDO – JAPANESE RELATIONS: JITTERS IN CHINESE MEDIA


18 Sep 2017/Monday                           After the recent Doklam standoff between India and China, hawks in china have been gunning for tough military action against India. However, there are sections of PLA top brass who also think that there is no requirement of tough actions against India. The PLA seems to have matured and taken a more mature route in resolving the crisis rather than pressing the panic button. This is a gesture which is different the way PLA has behaved in the past.  

Recently, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took part in a grand road show in Gujarat and is set to attend a ceremony for the construction of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-speed Rail project, the first of its kind in India.

Some sections of press in India remarked that the two countries’ partnership could be “the cornerstone of a larger coalition … to resist China’s ‘string of pearls’ in the Asia-Pacific region.”  Media was naturally buzzed with stories of Indo- Japanese ties as for countering China. The Indian government is a mature and forward looking in all its senses. Being economical competitor of China, India has always been in the lookout for peace and prosperity. Economic ties between China for India are important for both the countries. Chinese media too was abuzz with activity to down play the closeness between Indo-US and Indo-Japanese relations. The Indian Government is of the view that Chinese are a formidable force in the region and they require to be prepared for the same. Indian side never lets its guard down, thus, require cooperation between other countries for boosting its preparedness.

Indians believe that, the Chinese government is more mature now than in 1965 to wage war of attrition. Indians believe that by being old enemies and economic competitors is not a reason for waging a war. The same is required to sink into the Chinese media. As of now the Chinese media is projecting this cooperation as a initial steps of consolidation into a military alliance. It may be pertinent to note has Indians have time and again rejected alliance even for missile defence shield offered by US in the past.

China’s vast trade with Japan and India greatly dwarfs bilateral trade between India and Japan. Given this, Tokyo and New Delhi are definitely not going to challenge China without giving it serious thought. India’s nationalism should not be mistaken as aggressive stance. It is the basic requirement of a nation to survive in front of a Islamic fundamental society being portrayed by Pakistan. Indian establishment is busy with more serious issues which the Chinese will soon face in the form of Islamic fundamentalism which they fail to recognise while standing next to a terror funding nation. Chinese fail to recognise that the Pakistani establishment is not only sympathize with terror groups but also uses terror to extend its state policy.

Indians want to amicably resolve all the territorial disputes, until resolved they would like to maintain status quo, which should suit both the neighbours. Thus closeness of India with any country in the world should not be seen as a threat with Chinese in any way.

China and India have been great civilisations moreover; Indians have contributed and influenced Chinese society in the past to a great extent. Never in history have both the countries ever confronted each other with military force until 1965.

A strong India and China is in the interest of stability of the region, if they group together they can become the most powerful economies as in the past. Geopolitics is unlikely to go against the geo-economic situation.

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