Asian nations need to put China on notice

NS Venkataraman

NS Venkataraman

By NS Venkataraman

CHENNAI, India, 28 June 2017

It is becoming increasingly obvious that China is suffering from a sort of superiority obsession, imagining that it can dominate and conquer the world and that it is adequately clever to do so. Several acts of China in the past show such an approach, which has been well noticed by the Asian nations, who now feel apprehensive about China’s aggressive postures on several counts, not knowing about the shape of things to come.

China’s aggressive postures too many

China forcibly entered and occupied Tibet, claiming the peaceful country as its own. Seeing that the world governments have simply reconciled themselves to the aggressive acts of China against Tibet, China has now become emboldened, taking the world opinion and reaction for granted.

The recent aggressive postures of China with regard to the South China Sea has upset the neighbouring countries such as the Philippines. In the same way, China has caused deep anxieties to Japan and other countries by its aggressive stance with regard to Senkaku Island.

China’s hostility to India is well known, which clearly reflects China’s desire to cut India down to size, since India is one country that can challenge China on several fronts in future, if not now. China claims Arunachal Pradesh province in India as its own, just as it proclaimed Tibet as its own earlier.

China is so aggressive in its plans to dominate Asian countries and the world that it protests any sort of support or recognition to the Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, whom China drove out of Tibet, in any part of the world. It is even protesting the Dalai Lama visiting Arunachal Pradesh province in India. While China is not losing any opportunity to kickstart issues with India, the latest is its decision to suspend the entry of Indian pilgrims undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage. It has gone to the extent of stating that India needs to be taught lessons.

When Prime Minister Modi was received with warmth by US President Trump, China expressed concern about this, fearing that close relationship between India and US could impact China’s future plans to dominate the world.

Calculated moves

Apart from several aggressive militant postures against the Asian countries, China is also using its economic muscle power to have its way in achieving its objective of world domination.

One can clearly see that the Chinese-led Belt and Road initiative is yet another attempt by China to get increased space for itself in the global sphere and to get a stranglehold over international economic and industrial growth profile.

China’s close relationship with Pakistan and its huge and massive investment in Pakistan through the Economic Corridor Projects are part of China’s plans to get itself entrenched in Pakistan territory in a big way and permanently. China is now playing such an important role in industrial and economic development projects in Pakistan, that it appears there is no way that Pakistan could get rid of China from its territory if it would so desire at any time in future. One can clearly see that Pakistan is now in the vice-like grip of China, as Pakistan can never repay the huge loan that China is extending as part of the Economic Corridor Projects to Pakistan.

Similarity to Hitler’s Germany

One can clearly see a similarity in approach between Adolf Hitler in Germany before World War II and the present Chinese government.

Hitler wanted to conquer entire Europe so that the world would be under his thumb. China’s acts clearly give an impression that it has the same policy and approach as Hitler: To dominate Asia so that it would emerge as the undisputed leader of all countries in the world.

Like Hitler’s Germany, the present Chinese government has suppressed freedom and dissent in China. Even a Nobel Laureate in China remains in prison, along with many other Chinese citizens who were daring enough to assert freedom and liberty.

In the case of Hitler’s Germany and the present Chinese government, no one in the country could question anything that would be done by the government. By this, the Chinese government ensures that no one in China would question the aggressive postures of the Chinese government with regard to Tibet and other countries as part of China’s ambitious expansionist targets. The approach is to prevent the sane voices in support of fairness and peace being heard.

Need to put China on notice

Asian countries would be the most affected by China’s aggressive plans and priorities, and they need to assert themselves before it would be too late.

The writing on the wall is clear and the Asian countries should not hesitate to put China on notice, so that the Chinese government would be made to realize that it cannot have its own way without massive resistance.

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About the author

NS Venkataraman is a chemical engineer as well as a social activist in Chennai, India. He is the founder trustee of Nandini Voice for the Deprived, a Chennai-based not-for-profit organisation serving the cause of the deprived and down-trodden, and working for probity in public life.

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