FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
India-China Relations: Not born rivals, but friendly rivals
Posted:Jul 31, 2017
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
By Rudroneel Ghosh
 
In a welcome development, China’s official Xinhua news agency released a pragmatic commentary to mark Indian national security adviser Ajit Doval’s visit to Beijing. Doval’s recent meetings with top Chinese leaders, including state councillor Yang Jiechi and President Xi Jinping, highlight the first high-level official engagement between the two countries since the Doklam standoff began in the India-Bhutan-China trijunction region.
 
The Xinhua commentary made a strong plea to avoid conflict as this would negatively affect most economies in a globalised world. It further stated that the recent border issue between the two countries showed a lack of strategic trust which had to be mitigated.
 
In fact, the commentary asserted that India and China aren’t born rivals and have much in common as developing nations. It even said that China would like to see a strong India standing shoulder-to-shoulder with it. Admittedly, the tone and tenor of the Xinhua article is markedly different from the strident reports that sections of both Chinese and Indian media have published in recent days.
 
Needless to say such war mongering is extremely dangerous and irresponsible. India and China are neighbours and two of the most important nations in Asia. Conflict between them will have catastrophic consequences and the option itself should be taken off the table. China needs India’s huge market, and India needs Chinese investments. The growing two-way trade exemplifies the symbiotic economic relationship between the two countries. Add to this the fact that China is the factory floor of the world and very few manufactured goods don’t have a Chinese component.
 
As Xinhua has rightly pointed out, what the Doklam standoff shows is a clear lack of mutual trust between New Delhi and Beijing. And as long as this exists the threat of miscalculations on both sides will remain. Leaders of the two countries must realise that differences are not disputes – the former should never be allowed to escalate to the latter. And there is no civilisation conflict between the two peoples – on the contrary things like Buddhism serve as a bridge between the two nations.
 
Thus, it’s time to de-escalate the Doklam standoff. What is needed is more dialogue and interactions between all levels of government and civil society of the two countries. Let’s also recognise the fact that both India and China are going through delicate moments of transition. While China is seeking to transition to an innovation-driven economy leaving behind its labour-intensive manufacturing base, India is looking to kick start a second round of industrialisation that will take its economy to the next level.
 
In both cases there are vested interests and ideological handicaps that are proving to be barriers to this transition. Hence, it is all the more important that differences between India and China are managed properly so that destabilising forces are not able to take advantage of them. In East Asian tradition, one concept of rivalry is where rivals push each other to better themselves.
 
Here the rivals don’t bear any ill will towards each other but compete to develop their inner strengths. India and China can be such friendly rivals. New Delhi should try and compete with Beijing on poverty eradication, while Beijing should try and compete with New Delhi in the IT sector. This way both nations and peoples can gain. Hence, India and China aren’t born rivals. But we can be friendly rivals.
 
 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 

Disclaimer: South Asia Monitor does not accept responsibility for the views or ideology expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, which appears on its site. What it does accept is responsibility for giving it a chance to appear and enter the public discourse.
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has confirmed his presence for the occasion. In an exclusive interview with INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS, Indonesia’s Ambassador to India, Sidharto R.Suryodipuro, reminded Nilova Roy Chaudhury that the first Chief Guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations, in 1950, w
 
read-more
The words of Ho Chi Minh  “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty” rang true for the people of the erstwhile East Pakistan when, with increasing brutality, the West Pakistani oppression spread across the land, writes Anwar A Khan from Dhaka
 
read-more
In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting that would help to focus and catalyse development in India's Northeast.
 
read-more
  United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Friday Washington's warning that “all options are on the table” to meet North Korea's nuclear threat while offering to keep the lines of communication with Pyongyang open.
 
read-more
The 15th trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China concluded in New Delhi on Monday with many nuanced takeaways embedded in the joint statement of 46 paragraphs. Reiterating that the forum “is not directed against any other country”, the statement underlined the importance of the establishment o
 
read-more
The first thing that one sees when a flight approaches New Delhi is thick smog that envelopes the city and its lack of greenery.  In almost all other major cities of India lack of greenery is the most obvious sight that one sees when approaching it by air.
 
read-more

Pakistan has agreed to allow the rupee to depreciate after holding talks with the International Mone­tary Fund (IMF) on the country's economy.

 
read-more

Two major global changes in the past year; the ‘Brexit’ referendum and the advent of Donald Trump, writes Sandeep Kaur Bhatia

 
read-more

It is also imperative for India to explore other regions for markets. Its trade deficit with Latin America has been narrowing. Also, its trade with Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala has increased, ...

 
read-more
Column-image

Over the last 25 years, India's explosive economic growth has vaulted it into the ranks of the world's emerging major powers. Long plagued by endemic poverty, until the 1990s the Indian economy was also hamstrung by a burdensome regulat...

 
Column-image

Title: A Ticket to Syria; Author: Shirish Thorat; Publisher: Bloomsbury India: Pages: 254; Price: Rs 399

 
Column-image

Gorichen, a majestic peak in the Eastern Himalayas at an altitude of 22,500 feet, is the highest in Arunachal Pradesh. Beautiful to look at and providing a fantastic view from the top, it is extremely tough climb for mountaineers.

 
Column-image

It is often conjectured if the reason for long-standing conflicts and insurgencies, in the developing world, especially South Asia, is not only other powers fishing in troubled waters but also the keenness of arms industries, mostly Western, to...

 
Column-image

Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699