Pak­China bon­homie reaf­firms In­dia’s rise

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Shishir.gupta@hin­dus­tan­

BI­LAT­ERAL POL­I­TICS Is­lam­abad’s po­si­tion re­duced to client state AF­TER THE DOK­LAM

through Gwadar just as it uses Myan­mar to ac­cess the In­dian Ocean through Kyaukpyu port and pos­si­bly make In­dia vul­ner­a­ble in its rapid grow­ing NorthEastern states.

Con­tain­ment of In­dia through a pin­cer move is un­der­stand­able as China’s worst case sce­nario is In­dia and the US join­ing hands to counter PLA ag­gres­sion South China Sea and Indo-Pa­cific re­gion with the chok­ing of the Malacca Straits as a po­ten­tial flash point.

Af­ter the 73-day In­dian Army-PLA stand­off at Dok­lam, the Chi­nese lead­er­ship has started look­ing at In­dia with re­spect with its para­mount leader Xi Jin­ping taking the fi­nal call on de­ci­sions in re­spect of New Delhi rather than leav­ing this to the man­darins in the for­eign min­istry or PLA head­quar­ters.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has also made it clear to Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping that while In­dia will not do any­thing to desta­bilise Bei­jing, it will not play sec­ond fid­dle to any­one in the world when it comes to pro­tect­ing na­tional in­ter­ests.

While In­dia’s ties with the US are ever grow­ing with a bi­par­ti­san con­sen­sus, they are not at the cost of Rus­sia even though PM Modi knows the grow­ing syn­ergy be­tween Moscow and Bei­jing. Fact is that In­dian and US in­ter­ests con­verge in Afghanistan, In­dian Ocean, Mid­dle-East and the Far East much to the cha­grin of China, which de­spite all ag­gres­sion has a con­stant two-front hos­til­ity night­mare.

Bei­jing re­vised its at­ti­tude to­wards In­dia af­ter the lat­ter stood up on Bei­jing’s im­pe­ri­al­is­tic Belt Road Ini­tia­tive and sup­ported the free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion in South China Sea, with the US, Ja­pan, South Korea, Sin­ga­pore and Aus­tralia join­ing hands. China has al­ways treated In­dia as a civ­i­liza­tion power with no his­tory of an­i­mos­ity to­wards the mid­dle king­dom. The prob­lem is that In­dia un­der Modi is a global player, not the re­gional sup­pli­cant China wants.

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