Regardless of China's economic progress,whether it is at a trot or a gallop,the simple fact is that as the world's largest nation population wise,China has the most unenviable task of keeping its people content and not in revolt.500 years of colonialism affected both China and India,which then were the world's two richest nations.Opium was deliberately dumped into China by the British in exchange for hard cash,so who was the world's largest drug cartel then,John Company and the British govt!
Having cast off the shackles of colonialism and the Japanese excesses of WW2,the Chinese picked themselves up into a nation thanks to Chairman Mao.Communism was his opium for the masses.Sadly,that fix couldn't feed his hundreds of millions and after bouts of experimentation and the arrival of Deng,who said that being rich was great,put the powerhouse of the Chinese people into making his country the world's sweatshop. From sweatshop to steel shop has been the upward path of the PRC and a relentless,focussed plan to modernise China allowing all its private enterepreneurial resources to also bloom,has turned China into becoming the most important nation on the planet after the US.
Having seen over the last 500 years and during WW2,the suffering of its people,Chinese paranoia today is the equivalent in Asia of the similar sentiment which Russians too feel.In WW2,the Russians lost over 20M people,far greater than any other nation or western casualties put together.the "rape of Nanking" and the bestial manner in which the Japanese cruised through Asia,more often than not,has remained a very sore point with the Chinese.Therefore,India cosying up with its old enemy,Japan,whose militaristic nature lies just beneath its skin,and rising with each day,alarms the Chinese no end.
Unfortunately,Chinese diplomacy leaves much to be desired.China's worst enemy is itself.It grandly believes itself to be the "Middle Kingdom",between heaven and earth,superior to all other nationalities and ethnic entities.It thus displays the Asian equivalent and arrogance of the Nazis and their misconceived belief in "Aryan" racial superiority.The Chinese envoy to India asking a journo to "shut up" was a display of that very arrogance of the Asian "Nazi.Chinese moves to encircle India and restrain it "below the Himalayas" using rent-boy Pak,the world's worst terrorist state as its catspaw,while continuing to nibble at Indian territory all along the disputed border,and shockingly claims Indian states as belong to it or 'disputed" as with Ar.P. and Kashmir,only alarms India even more.Like a modern day pirate,the PLAN is also greedily bribing small IOR entities to use their ports as bases for PLAN warships and subs.As for its relations with other Asian states,China has deployed its troops in islands far from its coast off the shores of the Phillipines and other ASEAN states,claiming them as its own as well as the OEZ.Such actions inevitably lead one day to conflict,which is why the nations of Asia,from SoKo,Japan,Taiwan,Vietnam,the ASEAN states,Oz and India, are all beefing up their navies in order to stop the relentless surge in naval might of the PLAN,the fastest growing navy in the world.
In such a scenario,India must keep all its options open.While one personally feel that getting drawn into a US-led anti-Chinese Asian version of NATO is a catastrophic act,as we will eventually be let down by the US,as it has done to all its allies in Asia,etc. during and since the last century,post WW-2,India cannot but rearm itself and make plans to face a joint Sino-Pak military misadventure,especially when China;s key ally and catspaw,Pak,is going down the tube! As Pak weakens and descend into the abyss,its capacity to harm India actually increases as its military power as the only strength that it possesses.
Therefore cutting India down to size is essential for the PRC and the sooner it does so the better.Unfortunately,the indifference to India's security,internal and external, by the UPA regime,led by an apparent invisible,deaf,dumb and blind mouse-like figure,one Dr.Who(?),is no match for the skullduggery of Chairman Hu! Prodded on in the backside by his Washington masters,we are now engaged with Japan (welcome back old ally!) to forge a ring of steel on the high seas along with Oz-a nation that until recently thought that Indians ate leaves,lived in trees and required Oz coaches to teach it cricket,and a motley assortment of willing ASEAN states to effect a "cordon sanitaire" to the PRC in Indo-Pacific waters when required.This is going to enrage China even further and we will see some sort of reaction from it first in the Af-Pak region.
China should realise that if it wants India to remain independent and not participate in any US-led military alliance,it should get serious and drop its outrageous demands on our territory,that J&K is disputed and treat the Tibetans with the respect and honour that they deserve.Let the geriatric leadership of Zhong-nan-hai remember that India too can declare Tibet as an Indian protectorate,which is its legal right to do so as Buddhism spread into Tibet from India,recognise Taiwan and establish a permanent naval presence in the Indo-China Sea.Chairman Hu should also realise that in the near future,Dr. Who in India will be truly a Q mark,replaced with a more nationalist leadership either from the right of the political spectrum or a coalition of non-UPA entities who will be far more willing to take on China and give it the upturned finger,if it continues with its abominable and despicable behaviour ,more suited to the gutter than an exalted level between heaven and earth!