Friday, December 31, 2010
India vs. China/The Chinese Way of Hegemony-VI
In 1959, the Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet, entering the Buddhist monastery town of Tawang located in India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. This region, which lays on the Indo-Tibetan border, has long been the issue of territorial disputes between India and China as the result of the border artificially drawn by the British. On 7 November 2009, Dalai Lama made his sixth visit to the Arunachal Pradesh region, which India had not let the Dalai Lama visit for many years. The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the Arunachal region during the parliamentary election; New Delhi, according to Indian Journalist Gautaman Bhaskaran, announced the stationing of a squadron of nuclear-capable Sukhoi 30 MKI fighters within striking distance of Arunachal (Japan Times 17 November 2009). The tension between India and China is getting worse. In China, newspapers, TV commentators, individual bloggers, and scholars began to address the “India Threat” over the internet and evening news. In October, Renmin Ribao [People’s Daily] openly criticized India for seeking “hegemony.” There is also another territorial dispute between China and India involving the Kashmir region (the northwestern region of South Asia), which India, Pakistan, China, and the people of Kashmir continue to dispute. In 1962, the Chinese army defeated the Indian army in the Kashimir region. Will China and India fight another war in Arunachal region?