The differences between India and China are no hidden facts. There is always a threat to the nation regarding security. And as per the author and Journalist Bertil Lintner, the next big conflict between India and China is likely to be played not on the Himalayas like before but in the Indian ocean.
On Wednesday evening, while speaking in a panel discussion at the launch of his new book titled ‘China’s India War: Collision Course on the Roof‘, the author asked about China’s new developed maritime interest under its OBOR(One Belt One Road) initiative. The author said, “You hear about this OBOR thing- One Belt One Road. They want to revive old trade routes.”
He also said, “Well, they once had land routes, yes, the Silk Road. But a maritime silk route? What’s that.”
The author explained that, the last time Chinese ships went into the IOR was in the 15th century when Zheng He, who was a Muslim from Yunnan, sailed with his fleets of junks to India, Southeast Asia and Africa. “China never had a Navy. Apart from river patrol boats in the rivers to suppress banditry in their own country, now for the first time China is developing a blue water Navy.”
Lintner said, “They have never been in the Indian Ocean for 600 years. I don’t think there is going to be war in the Himalayas. Any conflict with China is going to be in the Indian ocean.”
The author also said, “In that kind of situation what kind of country will go to war over a disputed border? Only a country or leader of a country who needs to unite the party, the government and the military behind him to bring able to reconsolidate his grip on power.”
As per the Lintner, the reason that China went to the war against was India being the leading voice of the newly independent countries in the 1950s, Mao wanted to be the leader of the Third World.
Also, former Indian Army Chief, J.J. Singh said that it was high time India got under China’s skin. He stated, “We must understand the Dragon and its Middle Kingdom.”
A member of the National Security Advisory Board, Lt. Gen. S.L. Narasimhan said that the ties between the then China and USSR being very low in 1960s, Beijing wanted to prove that it was very powerful through the 1962 war.