`India sees China as de-facto competitor`

Last Updated: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 15:22

Beijing: Terming India`s proposal of
"massive up-gradation" of defence infrastructure along the
Sino-Indian border as "bold moves", Beijing on Thursday said it
implied that New Delhi was "starting to treat China as a de
facto competitor".

Calling it India`s repositioning of its national security
strategy, the People`s Liberation Army (PLA) said it would be
the largest such mobilisation since the Sino-Indian border
clashes of 1962.

Reacting for the first time to reports of Indian defence
infrastructure up-gradation, the PLA daily said within five
years, India is set to deploy 90,000 more soldiers and raise
four new divisions along its borders with China.

The Chinese military daily also noted that India was in
the final phase of choosing a new fighter for its air force in
what is said to be the world`s largest defence deal.

Referring to New Delhi`s decision in October to deploy
Brahmos cruise missiles against China, the daily said this
would be "the first time it has taken such a step with
offensive tactical missiles".

India is also pushing for its first joint air force and
naval exercises with Japan, which Indian Defense Minister A K
Antony revealed during his visit to Japan last week, it said.

There were also discussions proposing trilateral dialogue
involving India, US and Japan that experts said were aimed at
keeping China in check and Beijing has not commented on the
matter, it said.

But the PLA daily said India`s moves appear to be more
political rather than military objectives.

"China has always adhered to the principle of `peaceful
rise`. But this has been misinterpreted by some countries as
a `rising threat`," it said.

"The West`s vigilance and confinement of China`s rise are
increasing. One of its means is to take advantage of China`s
conflicts and issues with its neighbouring countries, and
instigate and radicalise issues to exhaust China`s energy,
resources and strategic projection," Fu Xiaoqiang, a Chinese
strategic analyst in South Asian studies at the China
Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told the

China should "take it easy" when outsiders feel uneasy
about its growth and role in regional as well as global
affairs, Feng Yujun, head of Russian studies at the China
Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said.

China should not only remain alert of actions taken by
parties to contain its rise, but also actively adjust its
strategy and focus on improving its relations with
neighbouring countries instead of the big powers, Jin Yinan,
head of the Strategic Research Institute at National Defense
University said.

It also carried comments by US Deputy Secretary of State
William Burns that India`s "Look East" policy is becoming an
"Act East" policy and "India`s rise will reshape the
international system."


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First Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 15:22

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