原文标题：India decides to fight back aggressive China
NEW DELHI: Foreign minister Salman Khurshid held his first conversation with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi only last week. National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon will once again host the outgoing state councillor Dai Bingguo in early January for a meeting of BRICS NSAs after having met him only a few weeks ago. The new year will also see a new Chinese ambassador in New Delhi in Wei Wei, a senior Chinese diplomat who will take over from Zhang Yan.
On the face of it, India and China have had a minimal-problem year. "Our aim is to have more interaction, more exchanges, to help us understand each other better," said senior government sources. The past year has seen much greater communication between the two governments — India and China have started a dialogue on West Asia and Africa. A maritime dialogue and talks on central Asia are on the cards. At the top level, regular interaction between PM Manmohan Singh and both Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao has kept channels of communication open. Even the working group on the boundary has met twice this year, while Menon recently held the second meeting with Dai Bingguo on the dispute. The Chinese defence minister Gen Liang Guanglie made his first visit to India earlier this year, as did the Chinese commerce minister. Whether this has made for better ties is questionable, but it has certainly improved communication.
The complexity of the relationship is illustrated by the fact that while 2012 was the "year of friendship", it was also the 50th anniversary of the humiliating 1962 war. As a consequence of the former, more Chinese visited India than ever before. But the latter date reminded every Indian that China is only growing as a military challenge. The collective breast beating in India over 1962 was not matched in China, but it served a useful purpose here: to focus attention on the military challenge of living next door to a budding superpower with weapons to match and a festering territorial dispute to solve.
China's rapid military modernization is a challenge that could have been easier to deal with, but it is accompanied by an ascending aggressive posture by Beijing, particularly on territorial disputes, which is putting Indian military planners on edge. The brewing China-Japan conflict over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands and the South China Sea dispute is being followed with some interest by Indian strategic planners. Besides, it is a great exhibition of Chinese war planning.
China has been steadily pushing the envelope on both conflicts. For instance, in recent weeks, China has flown surveillance planes over the Senkaku/Daioyu islands, declared that Hainan police would engage in search and seizure of vessels in the South China Sea. Beijing even printed its territorial claims on its new e-passports.
New Delhi's response has been pro-active. India stamped its own map on top of China's, while others have protested diplomatically. Defence sources have pointed out that China's patrolling on the India boundary is equally aggressive, inching forward where they don't encounter a pushback. This has compelled Indian forces to patrol equally aggressively on the border.
Despite a feel-good position on bilateral trade, there is no satisfaction on the ballooning trade deficit between the two countries. Bilateral trade has fallen 8% in the past year, a function of the slowing economic growth in both countries. But the trade deficit remains at a stubborn $40 billion. China's leadership has repeatedly promised to open up their markets to Indian exports of software and pharmaceuticals, but there is nothing on the ground. "China's greatest export to India is promises," said officials involved in trade negotiations.
This year, India worked hard to counter China's "string of pearls" working on relations with South Korea, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar. In December, an India-ASEAN summit brought leaders of all 10 ASEAN nations to Delhi. India pushed the idea of ASEAN's centrality and its unity — both of which are under threat because of Beijing's disruptive moves in that part of the world. The success, or otherwise, of India's efforts will only be visible a few years from now, but South Block has bought into the idea of a fight back.
I hope this is not the lull before the storm...
Parnaab Malhotra (GERMANY)
China is a super power we should not mess with them and they got better army, air force, navy we need survival not to go back to stone age from where we hardly moved in these 60 years better to keep distance from them.
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China is great on making promises. Just days before invading India in 1962, Premier Chow-en-Lai told Nehru that 'border issue is not a major issue and can be solved very peacefully and quickly". They surely solved it "quickly". The Chinese way of diplomacy requires understanding China.
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Increase the trade volume by leaps and bounds. Borrow trillions from chinese. When both are done the chinese will never dream of attacking India. The lender has a vested interest in the well being of the borrower.
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Chinese are better bargainers than the Indians. Chinese got Tibet, Akshay Chin, and much more in Indian Ocean. India has always lost in every transaction with the Chinese.
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China has fooled India in 1962. China will repeat that again with other neighbor.
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Sudarshan Gupta (VD)
India has to fightback and be prepared to fight against any country
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China considers only India as its main competitor even over USA! If we want to compete, we have to grow economically. Ofcourse, we are progressing in that direction but the fruits of this are eaten by the rampant corruption. Unless the corruption is contained, real economic growth is not possible.
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Honest Citizen (Chennai)
But for international intervention, whole Ladakh and northeast of India would have lost to China during 1962. What is the guarantee that what these people was not able to do then, will they be able to do now? It is country even Russia and US is afraid off.
K.Dibyajyoti Mohanta (Bhubaneswar)
attack china and bring back Akasi chin
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Lal Singh (Delhi) replies to K.Dibyajyoti Mohanta
You lead the charge and I dig the grave. Does that fake 'Kamikazi headband give you false courage ?
At least now they decided to take on china directly this is a good move as we need not be bothered about the banana republics like Sri Lanka and Maldives
Harish G (BLR)
let us fist fight against the internal enemies of our country (corrupt politicians, rapists) afterward we can plan for other fights. Shame on indian Govt.
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Primarily we should have an edge over China economically. And then we need strong leadership at diplomatic level. Military might comes next. Having said that, its not China thats our adversary but our own corrupt leaders who are weakening our economy. What can we do about that?
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great (planet earth) replies to Bharathi
Bharati, don't day dream. With this kind of rubbish / criminal politicians we will not be able to come even 1000 miles closer any time in future. Go to china and see the development . Their railway stations will put delhi airport to shame. Indians only knows to day dream. If British were in India to - day, yes we could have challenged China but not with these dirty politicians. Now we are in gulami forever.
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Good, keep it up
Saurabh Nagshain (Hyderabad)
if Indian bureaucracy had speed up decisions without corruption then India would have over passed China long back
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If (Heaven) replies to Saurabh Nagshain
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No matter how much our military commanders boast there is no match between the two countries. Peace is always better in such situations. Give the devil what belongs to her or be prepared to lose more land. It is so simple. Depending on unreliable friends like USA and Russia for help will be a big mistake
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Rajesh Vyas (Mumbai)
Are we capable of Confronting China. I am afraid not. Since the 1962 debacle, the successive governments have precious little to create a deterrent for China. It is too late now. China is way ahead in all aspects, Business, Economy, Military.
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vishal anand (patna) replies to Rajesh Vyas
BUT CHINA HAS MORE ENEMY TOO LIKE JAPAN AND U.S.A .
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Singham (SLanka) replies to vishal anand
You talk like a little boy. In politics there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies.
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If you look at the history, India and China were friendly country except the brief 1962 war. In fact to support King Harshawardhan, the then China king sent his army to India.. China is also a follower of Buddhism which was originated in India. The great Buddhism learning Center Nalanda was destroyed by Turkey Muslim King Kilji in BC 1193 not by China.. The Chinese did not do anything like this but only Muslim did like this. In Tamil Nadu, the Palani Lord Murugan statue was casted in special metal by a Chinese traveler Bhogar and worshiped by millions. China has more neighbors than India and it has problem with its entire neighborhood. China’s language is unique and hence China has unique culture. This will be a barrier for China to become close the any country. On the contrary India is a multi language and multi culture society which encompasses the English also. This is the strength of India and we need to capitalize this strength and become a strong country. The only way to conquer any country is to become strong both economically and militarily.
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回首历史，你会发现除了短暂的1962年战争之外，印度和中国一直友好相处。实际上，为了支持Harshawardhan国王，当时的中国皇帝派军进入印度。中国还是佛教的追随者，而佛教起源于印度。伟大的佛教学习中心那烂陀不是中国摧毁的，而是1193年被土耳其穆斯林国王Kilji率军摧毁。中国人没有干过这种勾当，只有穆斯林才会这样做。在泰米尔纳德邦，Palani Lord Murugan被中国旅行家Bhogar铸上特殊金属，接受数百万人的膜拜。中国的邻国比印度更多，而且与每个邻国之间都有纠纷。中国语言独一无的，造就了中国独特的文化，这将会成为中国亲近其他国家的一个障碍。相反，印度是多语言国家，多文化社会，英语也包含其中。这是印度的优势，我们应该利用这个优势，将印度打造成强大国家。唯一征服所有国家的方法是在经济和军事上变得强大。
Gopi Nath (arakkonam)
Left with no other alternative ............
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Bakul Bhatt (Rajkot)
If at all India wants to counter China, then it has to be hardliner first with China. It has got to be superior in international political deplomacy.
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Toga (Cow Slaughterhouse)
India is a coward nation who only talk but don't do. who cares if india fight back or not. they can't even punish their own rapists, how can they defend their country.
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"China's greatest export to India is promises," there is no need to compete with any nation militarily -- as long as u r having a nuclear weapon. It is suicidal for any country to attack, but on the economic and infrastructure front India is still lagging behind China.
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Pure Morning (Placebo)
The whole equation of far east is fast changing. China is not what it used to and so are other countries. Nationalism is on rise in Japan. Korea is also keeping a tough stand. Asean countries are grouped together for any maritime violations by China. It's good to know that India too is on front foot this time rather than on back foot.
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nabin (new delhi)
I think that "action speaks better than words". since how many decades we are listening our govt empty words but what are the actions on the ground they have taken for national interest.
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