The Chinese military establishment has gone on an overdrive with its anti-Indian rhetoric, calling it “arrogant” and warning it to stay away from a “path of confrontation”.
According to a Chinese defence think-tank, recent military exercises and re-positioning of troops in north Bengal was a kick-start reaction by “an arrogant” India.
Recent postings on the website of the China Institute of International Strategic Studies had an article titled ‘A Warning to the Indian Government: Don’t Be Evil!’ According to the article on www.chinaiiss.org, the present situation was just like in 1962, when India “misjudged the situation” and initiated a war “with the support of two superpowers”. India is on the “same old path of confrontation with China” at present, the article posted at the end of last month said.
<b1>The article further said that with an accelerated military position over the past few decades, India was looking beyond Pakistan “to realise its ambition of becoming a regional and global power”. Further, India considered China its biggest obstacle.
The portal further said that to deal with the “imaginary enemy”, India was stationing its troops along its borders, particularly the Siliguri Corridor and borders it shares with Nepal and Bhutan.
According to Indian officials, although in Mandarin, these commentaries are all published in journals endorsed by the PLA and reflect an alarming image of official Chinese thinking on strategic affairs pertaining to India.
"While the Beijing-based institute is usually headed by a party nominee, several senior members from the Chinese Communist Party are known to write under aliases on its website," said an official at the army headquarters in Delhi. "This particular article, reprinted by many other Chinese websites, is written by one Zhan Lue, who we suspect is a senior and noted party member under a pseudonym."
Indian defence officials also informed that Chinese military journals lifted the rhetoric ever since the Tibetan crisis precipitated and for the first time singled out India, instead of the US, for such severe criticism.
Group Captain R.K. Das, defence ministry spokesman in Kolkata, denied any military build-up or any forward posturing by India. He also found the rhetoric to be misguided. "We both are trying to improve relations for the past 40 years with various confidence-building measures. There is no chance of a probable confrontation with China," he said.