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India needs to re-evaluate its policy towards Tibet and Taiwan

By Bhawana Upadhyay Posted on Jul, 18 2017

According to an article published in Global Times, Long Xingchun, director at the Centre for Indian Studies at China West Normal University, wrote- “Even if India were requested to defend Bhutan’s territory, this could only be limited to its established territory, not disputed area. Otherwise, under India’s logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country’s army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India- controlled Kashmir.”


The statement came from the think-tank of China’s strategic affairs on the recent standoff between India and China in the Doklam Plateau near the Sikkim-Bhutan tri junction for the past three weeks over the issue of construction of a class-40 road. Legally the Doklam Plateau belongs to Bhutan and due to threat over the sovereignty of the hilly state, India needed to interfere and the troops interrupted the construction of the road successfully. The class 40 road will enable China to post light tanks and medium/heavy artillery to this plateau. It is just 50 kms from the mouth of the Siliguri Corridor, which itself is 17km wide named as chicken’s neck. If the road is completed, then at tough times between the nations, its apparent danger that China may become able to severe off the North-Eastern part of the country to its mainland.

All these stiff comments coming from the Chinese media may be attributed to the fact that India strongly rejected to be a part of the OBOR (one belt one road) initiative of China. Chinese media is time and again giving the advice to India to not forget 1962. But evaluating the economic and political desire of China to become the world leader by leaving behind the USA, the warnings seem to merely a hollow threat.

It is the right time for India to re-visit its Tibet and Taiwan policy. At a time when China can use the tripartite threat related to Kashmir issue, India shall play its dual card on Tibet and Taiwan. China strongly objects any agreements and political relations of Taiwan to world community which is against its interest over their view on one China policy. 

India has not established any official diplomatic relations with Taiwan but as a part of its “Look East” foreign policy, India has sought to cultivate extensive ties with Taiwan in trade and investment. India is also indulged in advancement in the area of science and technology with Taiwan.

India shall support the interests of Taiwan and Tibet. The Tibetans claim their freedom from China and want to get a separate and sovereign identity. 

China shall get a strong message from India that if it does not respect the territorial integrity of India, then India is also not bound to recognize China’s claim over Tibet and Taiwan. China shall stop acting as big brother to India and must not underestimate the strength of its neighbor.

The world community is, directly or indirectly, disturbed by the expansionist approach of China. China shall come out of its misinterpretation and proud of being a powerful country in the world map. China shall learn to respect the territorial sovereignty of its neighbors. 

Pakistan is always used as a pawn against India by the China. There is certainly no doubt in ascertaining the fact that in near future, to fulfill its bolshie desires China may interfere in the Kashmir issue but India is in a position to negate the chances of China’s interruption. 

The strategic relation of India to world community is turning into a better position but India shall focus on the need to stand on its own. It must stop looking to other countries and human right activists while tackling its national interests. India is in severe need to come out of its image of ‘Soft Nation’ State. Not only this, the Indian diplomats shall find a solution to combat the buffer state tactics of China.  


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