Indo-China Conflict

by - October 14, 2020


                Behind the veil is made a bigger drama, the teaching of diplomacy. This is especially true of relations between China and India at the moment. No matter how many clashes take place on the border between the two countries, the real clash is taking place elsewhere, in a closed-door meeting in another city, with the participation of another country creating a backdrop for the conflict between Asia's two biggest rivals. China has always been a master of covert diplomatic exchanges. India is lagging some behind in this regard. 

                Even the greatest nationalists will admit that India has not been able to achieve much in the world of diplomacy. It can be said that India has played an important role by joining hands with the United States, Japan & Australia in the quad axis that has been formed with the participation of four countries. The role of the Quad in the next phase of diplomatic confrontation with China could be of particular help to India. Notably, there is only one common thread between the interests of the four countries: the anti-China movement.

                The incentive to make quads have come from the South China Sea. In fact, the extent to which China's commercial and military occupation has reached there is understandable given the extent of the annoyance and apprehension of these countries. The main headache of all three countries except India is the South China Sea. In the case of India, however, the problem is with the border, and with China's secret dealings with neighboring Pakistan. Since the launch of the China Belt and Road Initiative in 2017, India has been concerned about the possibility of China's surveillance of India's economic and diplomatic affairs. 

            With the two countries clashing in the Ladakh region this year, it is even clearer why India needs to come to an economic rapprochement with China faster, why India needs to increase its ties with other countries. From that point of view, India's participation in a new international group called the Quad is important news. Given the successive failures of foreign policy under Prime Minister Modi, the quad is a rare glory, no doubt.

            New problems are also created for working hand in hand with others. The quad meeting showed that the US was more interested in tuning to China than India. The coronavirus crisis has provided a golden opportunity to stir up anti-Chinese sentiment in that country. The country's future China policy will depend on the US presidential election next month, but it is now clear that it is less likely to align with India's interests. So India has to be careful. In terms of geopolitics, China is not India's enemy, it is its rival. India has no long-term gain in its military or economic conflict with China, and huge short-term losses. Therefore, it is important to conduct diplomacy according to cunning.

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