This is reproduction of an article first published on http://www.birdinfo.net on 28th October 2009 . You may find some relevance today also . China’s growth prospects are slightly under cloud now , also its fresh political games at transfer of power to new teams which remain under cover for the rest of the world are making matters tougher to deal with. What I surmised in Oct 2009 seems to carry weight even today.
Our PM had occasion to meet Chinese Premier in Singapore. He has told Wen Jiabao in a matter of fact manner that Dalai Lama is an honoured guest. This has made us stand on par now with China which had guts to give us advise as who should go and who not to visit our integral territory that is Arunachal Pradesh. But the genesis of our problem with China is different. China had invaded India in 1962 because the India model of mixed economy under Nehru was doing far better than Chinese communism. This was creating a sort of discomfort for the party bosses there while Indian PM Nehru was being praised and respected for the Indian achievements. In the intervening period, we faltered by stressing on leftism under Mrs Gandhi.
This weakened our economy and the China turned coat and adopted policies that freed Chinese economy from the shackles of controls and went ahead with capitalistic policies but without a democratic make up. China progressed and thought nothing much of India as an adversary or competitor. In the era after Mrs Gandhi and under leadership of none other than her own son Rajiv, India thought fit to be an open economy. Luckily people like Narsimha Rao,Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh have sensibly steered Indian economy out of woods and on to path of progress while strengthening the democratic set up too. This again is proving to be a better model than the China has and the discomfort for the communist party bosses is coming back. They, therefore, once again want to engage India into a conflict that would strain our economic resources and lead of China will be maintained. This would distract the attention from our successful and more desirable model and we will once again be seen a weak power of not much influence. This an essential element of Chinese policy and a very dangerous one for India. Every inch of economic progress will be seeing China making absurd moves, not easily explainable or comprehended. How we can avoid this situation?
We may very diplomatically invite Chinese capital for investment in India and keep importing cheaply produced goods from there and side by side develop our missile programme to cover each of centres of importance deep in China without going for extensive defence expenditure which is thinly spread. It will be impossible for China to carry a war for long period that is being fought at our border as the great Himalayas would restrict the effort.