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'China may attack India to ensure its supremacy in Asia'

Agencies | Last Modified - Feb 14, 2011, 12:59 PM IST

There are many reasons for Beijing to teach India the final lesson, says a defence expert.
  • 'China may attack India to ensure its supremacy in Asia'
    'China may attack India to ensure its supremacy in Asia'

    Beijing: Terming US attempts to woo India and other neighbours of China as 'unbearable', an article in a Communist party magazine has said that China must send a "clear signal" to those countries which are involved in ‘anti-China polarisation’ that it is ready to go to war to safeguard its national interests.

    The article published in the Qiushi Journal, the official publication of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) said China must adhere to a basic strategic principle of not initiating war but being ready to counterattack.

    "We must send a clear signal to our neighbouring countries that we don't fear war, and we are prepared at any time to go to war to safeguard our national interests," the article said, suggesting an aggressive strategy to counter emerging US alliances in the region.

    Earlier, a leading defence expert in India had projected that China will attack India by 2014 to divert the attention of its own people from "unprecedented" internal dissent, growing unemployment and financial problems that are threatening the hold of Communists in that country.

    "China will launch an attack on India before 2014. There are multiple reasons for a desperate Beijing to teach India the final lesson, thereby ensuring Chinese supremacy in Asia in this century," Bharat Verma, Editor of the Indian Defence Review, has said.

    Verma said the recession has "shut the Chinese exports shop", creating an "unprecedented internal social unrest" which in turn, was severely threatening the grip of the Communists over the society.

    China fears that countries like Japan, India, Vietnam, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Korea are trying to join the anti-China group because they either had a war or a conflict of interest with China.

    "What is especially unbearable is how the US blatantly encourages China's neighbouring countries to go against China. We cannot completely blame the US, as flies do not stare at seamless eggs.

    "They are attempting to gain benefits by using US," it said.

    It suggested that China will use its economic clout and trade as a weapon to rein in neighbours.

    "India has stayed closely allied with the US in recent years, and Obama promised to support India for a permanent membership in the UNSC. Thus, the probability for India to cooperate with China is also not great.

    In addition to this, "The growing irrelevance of Pakistan, their right hand that operates against India on their behest, is increasing the Chinese nervousness," he said, adding that US President Barak Obama's Af-Pak policy was primarily Pak-Af policy that has "intelligently set the thief to catch the thief".

    Verma said Beijing was "already rattled, with its proxy Pakistan now literally embroiled in a civil war, losing its sheen against India." "Above all, it is worried over the growing alliance of India with the US and the West, because the alliance has the potential to create a technologically superior counterpoise.

    "All these three concerns of Chinese Communists are best addressed by waging a war against pacifist India to achieve multiple strategic objectives," he said.

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