Since the introduction of Asian country, the country has been yearning to become a serious world power. The pursuit of dominance within the Indian Ocean is important to its respublica dream.
However, some Indian individuals, particularly Indian journalists, have a bad habit – taking the so-called China threat theory as its excuse to develop India’s military strength.
Bloomberg printed on Mon a report written by associate degree Indian correspondent, voice communication the Indian government “seeks to shop for $2.2 billion in warships.” The author explained it is a part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s $250 billion military modernization plan to arm the country “when it faces threats in its maritime waters from its neighbor China.” By “threats” he means “Beijing has within the past sent its warships to the Indian Ocean region.” The article was shortly republished by many Asian country media.
However, national capital has sent its warships to not solely the Indian Ocean, however conjointly quite few others places, including the Gulf of Aden and the Caribbean. Such activities area unit welcome by several countries on the routes, as well as tiny countries. Yet only India, a country with strong national strength, deems them as a threat.
The Indian Ocean is one in all the most trade routes linking China and Europe, continent and therefore the geographical region. Substantial quantities of China’s imports of energy and raw materials area unit transported through the Indian Ocean. But the security of the waters isn’t continually well maintained. The presence of the Chinese navy there not solely protects Chinese cargo ships however conjointly provides security for alternative countries, like cracking down on piracy and providing disaster relief.
In December 2014, a fire broke out at a water treatment plant in the Maldives. “About 100,000 residents in Male lost access to potable water,” the BBC reported. China sent not only planes with tons of fresh water to the country, but also the rescue ship Changxingdao of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy to provide fresh water to Male residents through the ship-borne sea water desalination units.
China’s national defence policy is only defensive in nature. It has never once stationed large-scale troops on other countries’ soil as certain Western powers do.
There are, indeed, divergences between national capital and national capital over border disputes. But either side have shown disposition to resolve them through negotiations. Communications are taking place from time to time. No cross-border conflicts had been rumored for an extended time.
But some Indian reporters tend to create a fuss regarding the questionable China threat theory for business interests by exaggerating bound officials’ vigilance against national capital.
For example, Press Trust of India quoted Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba in March as saying “China’s growing presence in the northern part of the Indian Ocean is a challenge to India.”
China welcomes competition from India. But the latter mustn’t contend by hyping up anti-China nationalism. China welcomes India to boost its military power. But Indian media ought to remember that India’s real challenges area unit its laggard military technologies, severe dependence on foreign imports of weapons and incomplete industrial enterprise and modernization, instead of the “threat” from China, a fabricated excuse.