That India is an emerging power has never been as evident as it is now! The powers that be are eager to invite India to be part of a new security arrangement.
Quoting from the Australian
The Japanese Government and US Vice-President Dick Cheney are keen to include the growing economic and military power of India in the already enhanced “trilateral” security arrangements, locking together the three most powerful democracies of the Asia-Pacific region.
The common enemy? China ofcourse:
India’s military power, economic growth and geographic position would significantly offset China’s emerging power, which is of concern to many in the Bush administration.
Apparently, the US and Japan are really pushing for this new alignment. And now that a historic security declaration between Japan and Australia has been signed, security, intelligence and military relations are at the highest level they have been since World War II! But still, this is not enough for the world powers. They want India.
But if nations are eager to gang up against China, it’s China’s own fault. Speaking from India point of view…well, India knows she has to join this gang, and quickly. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if India herself has been quietly working to persuade the US to push for this. So what is China doing that is a cause for worry for India?
Remember that visit of Chinese premier in April 2005? Then, and more recently in late 2006, China said that it did not accept Arunachal Pradesh as Indian Territory. You can also read what the Wiki has to say about this issue.
Also, China does not support India’s claims on Kashmir and nor on Sikkim.
China continues to supply missiles to Pakistan. China ofcourse denies this vehemently but the Americans say that they have the proof.
Pakistan is not the only country China is cosying up to. It has defence agreements with
Nepal, Myanmar, and Bangladesh as well.
Oh, and China is helping Pakistan with Gwadar port as a base for its navy, although now there seem to be some disagreements over the finances. China is doing something similar in Sri Lanka as well! It has concluded an initial agreement worth US$360 million for the construction of the Hambantota harbour in southern Sri Lanka.
Then there are also those who firmly believe that China clandestinely supports secessionist movements in the north-east of India, although no hard proof has been found.
Is it any wonder then that China has increased it’s defence budget this year by 18 percent? It needs plenty of moolah to support all these activities. Activities which are a threat to India. Its staring at us in the face. China has already surrounded India.
The Chinese are doing what they feel is best for their country. They want to be supreme in Asia and India is a strong contender to the position. Besides this, there are other little pinpricks. China hates it that India is giving refuge to the Dalai Lama and therefore to Tibet.
The United States is as worried about China as India is. No, much more. China is getting powerful, not just militarily but also economically. Goldman Sachs has predicted that China will overtake the United States economically by 2039. A pretty scary prospect for the US huh? And for us too. We are surrounded on three sides by hostile countries. Pakistan, China and Bangladesh. We need friends – friends like Australia and Japan.
(Photo sourced from the bbc)