China is turning into a serious challenger to India in Bangladesh in the economic and military domains and is growing in strength in the political dimension, too.
Has Beijing reached a stage where it is willing to face crisis and/or conflict instead of preventing these in the first place?
The first annual session of the 12th National People’s Congress in China was notable for, among other things, new appointments to China’s key foreign policy positions. What are the implications for India?
While the Communist Party continues to be the more powerful than the government in China, the symbols of state such as the National People’s Congress are increasingly vocal.
There is debate within China on whether the country is truly ready to take up a more active political role internationally and whether in the rush to get involved, it might not end up damaging its long-term interests.
Xi Jinping is unlikely to have a free hand to run China according to his wishes, given that the members of the Politbureau Standing Committee are so selected as to be capable of checking any one leader from achieving unbridled power.
While studying the military aspects of China’s National Defense White Papers, Indian policymakers and military planners must pay attention to the political elements of this document in order to achieve a fuller more accurate understanding of China’s intentions.
A presentation, I made at the Department of Chinese Language, Foreign Languages Wing, Army Education Corps Training College and Centre in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh in early July 2011.
Understanding China’s military capabilities alone is not enough, India must also understand its intentions and for this a better grasp of the intersections of the political and military in China is essential.