1962's Other Crisis: India and China go to War  (Page 2 of 2)

Yet for a number of reasons, the prospects of history repeating itself are slim. India is far better equipped today along virtually every dimension of military preparedness. In recent years, India has expanded its mountain warfare units, redeployed its most sophisticated fighter aircraft to its northeast, and enhanced its naval capabilities as a deterrent against possible Chinese adventurism. The presence and responsible stewardship of nuclear weapons by both sides has also contributed to stability. Additionally, China and India are increasingly economically interdependent, with China now among India’s largest trade partners and foreign investors, and India an important market and source of raw materials for Chinese manufacturers. And the international environment today is far more conducive for India, which now enjoys cooperative diplomatic, economic, and military relations with most major states in the international system.

Despite China’s rapid military modernization, ongoing leadership transition, and newfound assertiveness, New Delhi is reluctant to become part of any overtly anti-Chinese military alliance. It has cooperated closely with China, and against developed states, on several matters of multilateral diplomacy, notably climate change. Multilateral cooperation has also extended to the BRICS summit, the various ASEAN-centered multilateral groupings, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (of which India is an observer). But it would be a mistake to interpret any such tactical cooperation as the emergence of a Sino-Indian bloc that seeks to undermine the power and influence of the United States and its allies.

As recollections of the 1962 war linger, policymakers and commentators across the Asia-Pacific and in the West would do well to understand that the episode still colors relations between the two rising giants. India continues to pursue fruitful economic and diplomatic relations with China and shares many of Beijing’s concerns about its development trajectory, fragile sovereignty, and representation at various international high tables. But the unresolved territorial dispute and the residual memory of Beijing’s assertiveness will ensure that India hedges its bets on China’s peaceful rise. The rest of the world would do well to take notice.

Dhruva Jaishankar is a Transatlantic Fellow with the Asia Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington D.C. 

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bhattarai
March 20, 2014 at 14:04

if India tries to control absolute power over south asian countries Nepal will bann recruiting gurkhas and dispose tripartite agreement n china will gallop india in less time..i hope India wont do that,as hindu they r our brother..

zanzan
September 30, 2013 at 11:52

Mr. Indian–how old u r? If you are smart enough  to read the world history plz go on. 

Most of the Indians are jealous of China and its way of development. I suggest you to admire China. India needs 50 more years to reach current political [maoist will do it], social, cutural and economic level of china and during this 50 years China won't sit idle. 

Sri Lankan
May 8, 2013 at 15:18

On the Contrary, India is the worst enemy of the whole of South Asia…!..Creating terror to destablilize all neighbouring states, and finally intervening to maintain India`s dominancy in external affairs of that state…!…China is a friend in need to us Sri Lankans, Pakistanis, Bengalis and Nepalese…!..India, actually, is the Enemy…!

bhattarai
March 20, 2014 at 14:14

m nepali n i thnk u r right.. And know one thing they are very clever to owe international pride through cheating…they said buddha born in india and they taught their genration n stdnts same so dat they cud strngly believ that false thng..now they are saying Gurkhas as their national pride bt world knws gurkhas are nepalese..nepale did a gr8 mistake to allow recruitng gurkhas in indian army.. If nepal will bann gurkhas to them then they will bcom meow meow..if any body of nepal does some gr8 thing in intrntnal arena they make the person as indian origin in media so quick wid no hesitatn..foolish indians

[...] growing power certainly generates concern and the two countries have a longstanding dispute over territory the size of Pennsylvania. To its west, India also borders Pakistan, a volatile country whose [...]

Fancy Liu
January 24, 2013 at 12:37

The war has always been the trick that the politician carry out their political intention by sacrificing the benefit of  the civilians.  Peace and development are the main topic in current society. I would like china becoming more powerful in economy than in political. If our life can improve significantly,  anything else is more meaningful for us?

Indian
December 12, 2012 at 06:45

China is the worst country ever in the history of world. China is also a very big cheater country who cheated with India in1962's war by attaching on it all of sudden. China is enemy of the entire world not only India 

bhattarai
March 20, 2014 at 14:22

look m nepali frm darjeelng..if china is worse why dnt they intervene on our political affair lyk u do..as they are more boarder to our land(nepal) though they are telling to bann tibetans in nepal..first of all india sud knw their status n stop blaming other..if u r encroachng our small land country what serious china to do the same to u??

ariel
October 27, 2012 at 17:00

John Chan on one side and the whole world on the other side. Fellow readers and bloggers, please appreciate the fact that Chan was released from a rehab center/mental asylum to defend and espouse China's cause in cyberspace. The war of words is similar to the WWII which was fought between the Allied Powers on one side and a mad man called Hitler on the other. Here is one mad cap who wants the entire world to see and interpret history through Communist China's prism and anything contrary is perceived to be imperialistic and in furtherance of Western agenda. One opium shot and Johnny's comments go ballistic. And one should not forget the fact that he earns 20 cents per comment which enables him to buy a bit of his opium.

graham irish
October 27, 2012 at 06:08

@JC – again with the handbook. The Irish in the british empire were deprived of voting rites, ruled by an elite, denied land rites, did not have freedom of religon or expression, used as cannon fodder, while they died from starvation and disease. All this while making their masters rich. The british empire was run pretty much  the same way the chinese elite run china. We were nobodies in our own country pretty much the same as you are nobody in yours. You cant even move around in your own country in the same problem free way as we in the west can. Your opinions are not of your own, they are the product of your political,social and educational indoctrination. Try to google the new york times today, you see they only let you know what they want you to think….

JohnX
October 26, 2012 at 20:29

John Chan wrote: "1. Australia has invaded Indonesia and interfered its sovereignty with hegemony actions, its ex-PM voiced strongly that the possibility of China weakens its influence in its domain, and strong voice in Australia elite calling futuristic nuclear weapons to maintain its dominance in the area in the name of China Threat. The above point the hegemony reality Australia maintained in its surrounding."
 
I would like to respond to this post by you John Chan.
 
The Australians did not invade Indonesia. East Timor was Portuguese territory before Indonesia took it and the Aussies only helped sort out the dispute at a later date.
 
Actually there were complaints earlier by ex Australian WW2 troops who never agreed to Ozs compliance with Indonesian aggression as the East Timorese had been strong supporters of Australian troops in WW2 against the japanese.
 
Australia only and finally stood up for those they should have supported in the 1970s. If anything, it was a return of honour for Australia to stand up for East Timor. The next on the list should be Papua.
 
I would hope that you learn something or try and understand other issues, but i have given up believing that you want to understand your neighbors, so what ever.
 
As for China, the world isn't Chinas enemy, but it also wont accept Chinese aggression in the name of we hate them we do because of some yada yada b/s that China now needs to justify its aggression/

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