Chinese Poll: 90% Say India Threatens China's Security
July 24, 2009 Leave a comment
India used the distraction of North Korea’s recent missile tests to reinforce its military presence on China’s border in the disputed territory that India calls Arunachal Pradesh. Being a disputed territory pending settlement, observers are interpreting the Indian move as a sign of New Delhi’s lack of sincerity in its commitments with China. The move also underlines India’s longstanding policy of unilateral action against neighbors whenever a geostrategic chance offers itself. India has done this in China’s Tibet province. There is also evidence of close contacts between Indian intelligence officers and terrorists claiming to represent Chinese Muslims inside Afghanistan. Pakistan first identified this unique Indian style in managing relations with neighboring nations in 1956 when New Delhi backstabbed Pakistan and annexed Kashmir, and again in 1971 when India launched an unprovoked invasion of East Pakistan to help break up the country. And after 9/11, India is using Afghanistan to export terrorism into Pakistan in the guise of fake Taliban and fomenting separatism in other parts of Pakistan. India has accepted this Pakistani charge in the joint statement released in Egypt after the summit meeting between Pakistani and Indian prime ministers. Our advice to China: Do not trust the Indians. They are masters at this game, and they are getting emboldened thanks to full backing by the American and the British propaganda machine.
BEIJING, China—An online poll conducted by huanqiu.com on June 10 shows that 90 percent of participants believe India poses a big threat to China after India announced it would dispatch 60,000 troops to the border with China.
The tension along the disputed border between the two countries has escalated in the last few weeks after India’s latest military move. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh claimed that despite cooperative India-China relations, his government would make no concessions to China on territorial disputes.
The Indian government’s tough stance has won applause among Indian extremists, but it’s not well-received in China.
About 74 percent people in the poll by huanqiu.com believed China should not maintain the friendly relations with India anymore after its military provocation. And more than 65 percent of people taking part in the poll believed India’s actions were harmful to bilateral ties and it is more harmful to India.
India’s military moves could cast a shadow over bilateral relations, said Dai Xun, an expert in military affairs, who described India’s actions as “plundering a burning house”, when the international community was focused on a reported nuclear test in the DPRK, destroying the mutual trust between neighboring countries.
An expert in the Asia-pacific region, Sun Shihai, with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences told the Global Times that the two countries share a lot of mutual interests, so India has to cooperate with China; but India also needs to show its “will and resolution” to both domestic politicians and the international community.
“It (additional deployment) is not helpful to resolve the border dispute, and could easily cause regional tension,” Sun said.
In 1962, India and China fought a brief war over the 3,500 km Himalayan border area. The two countries later signed a treaty and agreed to maintain “peace and tranquility” along the disputed frontier, but since then have made little progress.
This report was originally published by The Global Times in June 2009.