Who is sowing discord between China and India?

By Wang Yusheng
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The Times of India published an article on Oct. 7 calling on India to “bury the ghosts” of the war between China and India in 1962 and to exist peacefully with China.

Not long ago, Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group, one of the largest conglomerates in India, said that China’s great economic strength is not a real concern, and India should instead build an alliance with China.

"I would prefer to use China as a very strong ally, to forge a relationship with China which would be a sustaining one and I think it could be done,” Tata said.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, foreign minister, and other top officials have repeatedly said this year that India has no intention of and will not participate in any strategy aimed at containing China, and will improve relations with both China and the United States.

The Indian government’s rational stance serves the fundamental interests of the Chinese and Indian people, and is in line with the current situation of China-India relations.

There are some historical issues and minor disputes concerning realistic interests between China and India. As a major power, India has increased its armaments due to diplomatic needs. However, the two countries have far more common interests than differences.

The “most free, most democratic” U.S. media outlets do not care about this. What they are interested in is using the Cold War mentality to sow discord between China and India and bring the two countries into confrontation.

In their eyes, every joint military drill among India, the United States, and Japan is targeted at China, and India’s advanced missiles are intended to deter China. India and Russia conducted joint infantry exercises earlier this year in the Lake Baikal region, which certain U.S. media outlets said “were to some extent targeted at China.”

China and India have conducted joint military drills many times. Who have been their targets then?

Certain media outlets have deliberately misinterpreted the win-win cooperation between China and South Asian countries as China’s plan to establish a “string of pearls” besieging India, in the hope of fostering anti-Chinese forces in India. Both countries should be highly vigilant about this.


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