Communist China & Democratic India: Both are Now Equally Powerful

This is wonderful news that “China and India have pledged to enhance mutual trust to ensure peace along their disputed borders in their first formal agreement since June, with Beijing saying the two nations were not a threat to each other. The pledge came as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met for the first time since their border stand-off turned deadly in June, leaving 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unknown number of casualties on the Chinese side” (South China Morning Post, 11/9/2020). Also as per news item, “the two foreign ministers agreed that the stand-off was “not in the interest of either side,” according to a joint statement released following their meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Moscow”.

No rational person in the world desires war as war causes mass destruction, loss of human lives etc. Anyway China is unpredictable as 1962 incident no Indians can forget. Pt. Nehru’s hands of friendship they repaid through war by killing many Indian soldiers. I feel China is dominated by Han (more than 90 percent) and not like Indian society which is totally pluralistic society. I feel so much diversity, as observed in India, in no country can be seen. Anyway, communist leaders of China never tolerate any criticism which many Chinese persons told me when I visited China. Against the back drop, Indian society is different, more liberal and fully democratic. For instance, Indian Communist leader, Late Jyoti   Basu immediately after the 1962 war, proclaimed publicly at a rally “China cannot be the aggressor” which cannot be from a leader.  Jyoti Basu was the son of a physician, and enjoyed an affluent childhood. He studied in Calcutta (now Kolkata), at St. Xavier’s School and Presidency College, before moving to London in 1935 to complete his law education. His only son is a big businessman. 

   Now the leaders of China should understand by their imperialist attitude many countries are against them “the United States Department of Commerce blacklisted 24 Chinese state-owned companies, including five CCCC dredging subsidiaries, for their roles in helping the Communist Party “militarise” outposts in the contested South China Sea” ( South China Morning Post, 31/8/2020).

The horrible behaviour of Chinese leaders towards Muslims of Uyghurs /Uigurs is known to all in the world. It is pertinent to mention that the Uyghurs are native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China. They are one of China’s 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities. According to the website, uighur-muslims-china-human-rights/15 July 2020, “The Trump administration imposed sanctions on three senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party over the alleged treatment of Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority”. “The U.S. State Department estimates at least 1 million Uighurs have been detained and forced to work in internment camps. There are also allegations that detained Uighurs are being forced to make products that U.S. consumers are buying, including 13 tons of human hair for weaves and wigs that were seized earlier this month”.

In present days we have been observing different Communist China, presently international community blaming China because of COVID-19, economy of China is in recession stage, unemployment has been scaling up etc. To justify the same, few lines from the newspaper, South China Morning Post (SCMP, 20/2/2020) are presented here,  “Coronavirus costs keep mounting for manufacturers, who are facing huge losses in sales and struggling to ramp up production. If such losses take place then there will be negative effect in the economy and poor Multiplier Effect meaning more unemployment, less purchasing power of the people, and finally a sort of “Vicious Circle of Poverty” qualitatively may operate”. 

Hope good sense will prevail among the leaders of China. And they will follow the theory of Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai.

Dr Shankar Chatterjee, Hyderabad

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3 replies

  1. Sir,
    I read almost all the articles you post but desist from commenting due to my own lack of knowledge in the subject matters.
    However, on this issue of escalation of tensions between both the countries, the belligerent approach of the Chinese was effectively met by the present government and the total distrust of international community after COVID 19 has forced a rethink. The ban imposed on Chinese goods and services have began to hurt China causing it to come round for talks. War doesn’t any problem, and no nation can afford it. However, the key to our response to Chinese lies in our defence preparedness. What China sees today is an India confident of itself and this alone will keep them under check.
    T. Ananda Rao, Hyderabad now in USA


  2. From Prof Nagarajan, TN

    Yes your observations are correct
    Believe all will lead to a good beginning in relationship between two countries


  3. Sir, your write-up is very insightful. Recent development in Russia is positive. However, for security reasons, India should ban all Chinese apps, IT companies, etc. in India permanently. This nation, like North Korea, cannot be a reliable friend, as long as army rules there.

    Dr. Gautam Purkayastha Associate Professor of Economics, Margherita College. Assam.