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, http://www.wbur.org/ 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