Monday, March 6, 2017

India must go ahead.

China has been making all sorts of noises in the media against the proposed visit of the Dalai Lama in Arunachal Pradesh in the coming weeks. Its press is feverishly churning out stories and some have even gone to the extent of calling him a 'separatist' and not a spiritual leader! It's my earnest wish that India doesn't buckle under pressure and instead, rolls out the red carpet to the spiritual leader.

I've reasons for my argument. China has never bothered about nurturing its ties with our country and it has carried on with its agenda, which can be seen from the following transgressions despite Prime Minister Modi's proactive foreign policy initiative with the dragon country like:-

     (a) It has consistently blocked the revamping of the United Nations thereby, prevented India
          from getting her rightful status as a permanent member, despite the support from the other
          permanent members and influential nations.
     (b) It has time and again blocked the branding of Masood Azhar as a terrorist who is cooling it
          in the 'safe haven' of Pakistan.
     (c) It has continuously disrupted our efforts at building up infrastructure on our side of the Line
          of Actual Control(LAC).
     (d) It has carried out border incursions with scant regard to our sensitivity.
     (e) It has been working on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor with scant regard to our
          growing concerns.
     (f) It has been blocking India's entry into the NSG(Nuclear Suppliers' Group) just to ensure
          that we do not benefit from the consequent nuclear commerce.

It's, therefore, time to call China's bluff and go through with the Dalai Lama's visit in Arunachal Pradesh. One has not forgotten the bitterness of China's economic blockade of Mongolia, which had shown an inclination to host the Dalai Lama, post PM Modi's visit to that country. It had buckled because it had no other choice as a Chinese economic blockade would have spelt doom for the country.!


Similarly, China has been poking its nose in our economic ties with Vietnam by opposing co-operation between the two countries in offshore oil exploration off that country's coast. Its muscle flexing in the South China Sea is all part of its hideous foreign policy to put down India. 

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