Tuesday, October 6, 2009

IntelliBriefs: China's naval nationalism: Has A K Antony blinked?

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    • C. Raja Mohan
    • http://www.indianexpress.com/news/chinas-naval-nationalism-has-a-k-antony-blinked/525249/0
    • The Indian Navy, which has a longer record of modern operations at sea and enjoys many maritime advantages over China, appears increasingly tied down by the terrible timidity of the MoD's political leadership.
    • If Antony thinks he is being 'nice' to the Chinese by cancelling exercises in the Western Pacific, he has no inkling of how Beijing thinks. The Chinese respect those with the will to power, and they mount relentless pressure on those who wilt.
    • As it rises, China will inevitably build a powerful navy. It is also logical that China will protect its growing interests in the Indian Ocean. There is no way India can or should stop it. New Delhi must focus, instead, on consolidating its own position in the Indian Ocean and elevating its maritime profile in the Western Pacific.