After marching into the peaceful Tibet more than six decades back and occupying the country and suppressing freedom in Tibet and the world opinion against China’s aggressive move largely remaining impotent.
China now seems to have become over confident that it can view the world opinion with contempt and get away with it’s notorious behavior of bullying its neighbors. China seems to have concluded that no one would come to the aid of the victimized countries, so long as China would remain economically and militarily strong.
Aggressive claim on India’s province
Arunachal Pradesh After having annoyed Japan, Philippines, Vietnam and other neighboring countries with its aggressive expansionist policies and claiming their territory however unjustifiable it may be, China is now focusing it’s aggressive stance on India, claiming that Arunachal Pradesh in India belong to China.
Unjustified objection to the Dalai Lama’s visit
Every time a Tibetan leader visits Arunachal Pradesh, China cries foul and denounces such visits with total arrogance. Now, such aggressive reactions from China have reached a new peak with China warning India not to allow the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh.
Reflecting it’s typical unacceptable behavior, China has said that it is gravely concerned over information that India has granted permission to the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh. It has further warned India that an invitation to the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh will cause “serious damage” to Sino Indian ties.
Of course, the Modi government in India should ignore the protest of China, knowing very well that China really can do nothing in the matter and can at best cause some skirmishes in the border.
China’s vulnerability on trade front
Though China has made spectacular progress in industrial and economic growth, the ground reality is that the health of the Chinese economy considerably depend on it’s trade relationship with other countries. Since the capacity creation in China for several industrial and other products are much more than what China can internally absorb, it has to necessarily export it’s products in large measure.
China’s exports of various goods and commodities to India constitute a significant percentage of Chinese total exports. If India would retaliate against China by imposing a trade embargo, it would inflict deep wound on Chinese economy, much more than such trade embargo would hurt India. In today’s conditions China cannot afford it. China should know or should be made to know that those living in glass house should not throw stones on others.
Need for neighboring countries to work out strategies
It is high time that several neighboring countries of China should discuss among themselves and work out strategies to face the threat posed by China to their stability, as China is now known as an aggressive country seeking to impose it’s will on neighbors with no consideration for healthy values in international relations.
Several nations buckling under China’s pressure In recent times, China has been able to get away with its threats. When US President Donald Trump assumed office and spoke to the Taiwanese President over telephone, China became suspicious and protested, as if US President should get permission from China to talk to Taiwanese president. Unfortunately, it appears that President Trump has buckled under pressure of China and committed himself to what is called as the “one China policy.”
Many nations including the rich USA and west European countries, who shout from the roof top about the commitment to the cause of liberty and freedom have been maintaining thunderous silence as far as the issue of China’s aggression in Tibet is concerned to protect their trade and investment interests in China.
Tibet stands as a ready and visible example of China’s uncivilized expansionist policies. Peaceful Tibetans have been protesting around the world, seeking support from the world governments to get justice for Tibet and force China to quit Tibet. It is sad that the appeals of Tibetans are falling on deaf ears.
India will protect the interests of Tibetans
However, Tibetans living in Tibet and across the world should know that even if most world governments would ignore their plight and sufferings, India would always stand by them to the extent needed. With Mr. Modi in power as the Prime Minister of India, the Dalai Lama and hundreds of Tibetans living in India should feel reassured of their safety and respectability. There is strong public opinion in India in favor of the freedom of Tibet and Indian people would stand by the cause of Tibet.
N. S. Venkataraman is a trustee with the "Nandini Voice for the Deprived," a not-for-profit organization that aims to highlight the problems of downtrodden and deprived people and support their cause. To promote probity and ethical values in private and public life and to deliberate on socio-economic issues in a dispassionate and objective manner.