Formulate specific China policy: BJP asks Govt

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 17:50

New Delhi: Asking the government to formulate
a specific China policy, the BJP on Wednesday said India needed to
develop relations with international players who would ally
with it in case of any trouble with Beijing.

Opening the debate on Sino-Indian relations on behalf of
the opposition, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said,
"India has not made any friends internationally who would help
it against China".

Joshi argued that United States and China had been quietly
developing a relationship all these years due to their
economic goals and the US`s need to control Russia during the
cold war era.

"But we ignored this and as a result we could not make any
long-term China policy," he said adding, "China and the United
States will eventually divide the world among themselves".

"Is the Government thinking about countries which will
help us or will the policy continue to be America-centric," he
asked.

Claiming that the Chinese wanted to teach India a lesson
in 1962, Joshi said, "China could never digest that the two
countries were being equated.

"India should not be caught napping if something like this
happens again," he added.

The former Union Minister observed that over the last
two-three years China had again become aggressive as evident
in its opposition in the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the ADB
and World Bank.

"China has also helped Pakistan get nuclear weapons. It is
in this perspective that we need to see whether we need a
change in our China policy or not," he said.

Joshi contended that India which was supposed to emerge as
an Asian giant had come up as just a regional power.

"The government is terming more than 20 incursions across
the country`s boundaries as routine. The country is not ready
to accept this anymore," he said.

"You (the government) should either say that they are not
ready (to take on China). But like we were caught napping
in 1962, this might happen this time also," he said.

Rebutting the opposition stand, Congress member Sandeep
Dikshit said, "India does not need to be scared of China."

The only problem is that unlike other parts, the border
with China has never been completely demarcated, he said
adding, "UPA government has for the first time sought to
settle all border issues between India and China".

Contending that incursions happen from both sides, he
asked, "But is this a sign of China`s aggression? China also
says that we go to their side from time to time".

"It is sad that for small political gains, they (the
opposition) say that we need other country`s help," he said.

"Our army is not weak. If anybody looks at us, they will
get an adequate reply," he added.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 17:50

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