Connect with us


India And Its Secret Weapon Against China”



[email protected]

Since India’s independence, Sino Indian relationship has been characterized by border disputes. There were three military conflicts viz. war of 1962, the Chola incident in 1967, and the border skirmish of 1987. In May 2013, there was also a three-week standoff between the two countries at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh region and at Aksai Chin after Chinese troops set up a camp 20 km inside the Indian territory . Later on the Chinese agreed to withdraw their troops in exchange for an Indian agreement to demolish several bunkers at the border area. In September, 2014, the Chinese troops had crossed 2 KM deep inside the LAC in Chumar sector. Such incidents occur every now and then.

India’s association with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been fraught with distrust. The Dragon is coming in the way to India’s bid to becoming a permanent member of the Security Council at the United Nations. It has put a hurdle on India’s bid to NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) membership. China’s Kashmir policy maintains the tilt towards Pakistan’s viewpoint. It considers Kashmir as a disputed territory between India and Pakistan and rejects Indian claim that Kashmir is an integral part of India. Chinese covert assistance to Pakistan’s nuclear weapon programme is well known. They have blocked India’s proposal at the UN to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar, the Pathankot terror attacks mastermind. One portion of J & K is already under their occupation. Chinese history reveals that they are always in expanding mode. They believe that the whole working class of the world should unite and destroy the Imperialist or Capitalist. Tibet was occupied by them on the pretext of liberating it. This is a message for all the neighboring nations as well.

China and India share the ambition to be a “great power” in Asia. The two countries have the largest and second-largest militaries in Asia respectively, as well as the highest and second-highest defense budgets. They have huge domestic defense industries, dedicated to providing their armed forces with the best weapons possible. Both the countries are having nuclear weapons in their arsenal. People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China is the world’s largest military force, with 2.3 million troops serving on the ground, in the air and in the high seas. China’s military modernization, capacity-building, infrastructure development in Tibet and their moves into the Indian Ocean pose serious challenges to India’s security. The long-term, comprehensive modernization of the armed forces of the PRC entered a new phase in 2015 as China unveiled sweeping organizational reforms to overhaul the entire military structure. India on the other hand is grappling to make available to its armed forces cutting-edge mobility, weapons and equipments.

Despite India’s status as the world’s largest arms importer over the last decade, the modernization of its armed forces continues to take place at a snail’s pace. An assault rifle is a basic necessity for any military force. The Indian army’s decade-long hunt for a new-generation assault rifle is still nowhere near finalization is a case in point. The Indian Air Force is struggling with obsolete fighter jets. The proposal to replace old MiG-21s is still stuck. Many urgent requirements of the Indian Air Force are still kept pending. Indian Navy’s strength is not at all impressive. China’s PLA Navy possesses five nuclear attack submarines (SSN), four nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBN), compared to India’s one functional nuclear Akula-class Chakra. India’s indigenously built nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant is still undergoing performance trials. Also, China has 28 destroyers and 46 frigates, whereas India has 10 destroyers and 14 frigates. As a whole, China’s military capability is far superior to that of India.

All branches of armed forces of China are behaving in a proactive, assertive and threatening way. They are constructing newer road and railway connections to Indian borders. On the other hand they threaten India to stop any construction along its border on the pretext that it will be against the confidence building measure which would undermine common understanding towards stable and peaceful Asia. In the past 2-3 years, they are getting more and more aggressive and assertive whenever armed forces of two countries come face to face either at sea or land. Proactively, they are opening new fronts – be it border or setting up military assets around India. New Delhi faces tough competition from Beijing in its maritime domain.

China is acquiring naval facilities along the crucial choke points in the Indian Ocean not only to serve its economic interests but also to enhance its strategic presence. Under the strategy of “string of pearls”, China is virtually surrounding India by establishing its advanced naval presence in countries like Sri Lanka and Pakistan. As the ability of China’s navy to project power in the Indian Ocean grows, India’s vulnerability increases despite enjoying distinct geographical advantages in the area. India has very limited diplomatic space to counter such moves by China. However, on 29.8.2016, India has concluded a bilateral deal on military logistics exchange, known as the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) with USA. With this, New Delhi is expecting to enjoy something like the status of a major non-NATO ally of America but how it will help India in the event of a full fledged war against China is not very clear.

In present-day conflicts however, a full-scale war between these two neighbors is unlikely. Except some sporadic border skirmish, battle would be fought mainly in economic front or in cyber space. India cannot match China’s financial power or its military strength. In order to contain the Communists, New Delhi must think something out of the box. India can boast of its democratic set up whereas this is where the real weakness of the Dragon lies. New Delhi must think of “white anting” the Communist regime. Like white ants eat the inside of wooden building foundations silently, often leaving no outward evidence, until the structure crumbles, India must play its “Democracy Card” against China and destroy the foundation of the PLA in a similar fashion. There is growing dissatisfaction among Chinese youths against their ruler. The Tiananmen Square Massacre of 25 years ago in Beijing is the testimony of this discontent. Chinese troops violently retook Tiananmen Square in Beijing where pro-democracy protesters had set up camp for weeks.

This student movement galvanized support for the demonstrators around the country and the protests spread to some 400 cities, including Shanghai. Even today, more than a quarter century after the massacre, the Chinese government’s extensive censorship apparatus still rigorously blocks information about the democratic movements by employing nearly two million online censors. This is manifestation of both fear and weakness of the Communists about democracy. Nevertheless, it is one thing to control animals by brute force and make them submit their liberty for good but such method does not work with human beings. Men cannot be tamed for an indefinite period in a similar fashion. Sooner or later, they will unleash the shackle. Chinese people cannot be restrained through military power and kept isolated for ever. India might act as a catalyst in fulfilling the treasured dream of democracy for these caged masses.

Tiananmen was the watershed event that awakened political consciousness in Hong Kong. A million Hong Kong people, out of its population of six million, took to the streets to support the Chinese students’ struggle for democracy. For a quarter of a century, hundreds of thousands gathered each year on 4 June in Victoria Park in Hong Kong, making the city the only territory in China that lit candles for the Tiananmen victims. A new wave of pro-independence activists has won seats in September 2016 elections in Hong Kong, a result which sends a “strong signal” to Beijing and proves that the spirit of the 2014 Hong Kong’s Umbrella protests lives on.

Tibetans are also unhappy with the highhandedness of the Chinese Government. They would be happy to severe their relationship with Beijing. Then, there is thousands of Chinese Diaspora across the globe. Many of them are dissatisfied about the iron hand administration of the People’s Republic of China. They also cherish democracy. India must target these vast disgruntled populations to spread the message of Democracy and take advantage of their anger against the Rulers in Beijing. “White anting” the foundation of Communists Regime in China stealthily is the best strategic option available to India to defeat the expansionism of the Red Dragon.

Today, India’s IT industry is regarded as a hub of innovators providing world class technology solutions across the globe. There is a large pool of Indian talents in IT sector capable of providing innovative resolution to various problems. This latent strength of the country needs to be effectively utilized in its war against China. This IT sector ought to be involved to chalk out innovative strategies to make an inroad to the psyche of the huge disgruntled Chinese population and provoke them to fight for democracy in their country.

The extensive cyber censorship of China could be penetrated by our IT talents so that their society is flooded with constant flow of messages praising democracy. Additionally, services of powerful Indian media, both print and electronic, should also be enlisted in this world-wide propaganda war. It will stimulate the dormant volcano in the Chinese society to erupt against the Communists for realizing the people’s long cherished dream of democracy. It will difficult to defend such concerted Indian attack for long. India’s “Power of Democracy” and “Might of IT Sector” mixed together will be a deadly cocktail for China to take in. If India continues its stealthy attacks on China at its weakest point with this deadly cocktail, the Red Dragon will crumble like a cookie!

Shares 0