We may be uncomfortable with it but
Let us first look at how
Apart from the above, we have to be more like the Chinese in responding to and dealing with them - friendly and hostile alternately but generally inscrutable, at times even confusing. We should be friendly in our trade relations and cultural exchanges, be supportive of them in their opposition to the west on new environmental norms but clearly assertive, if not aggressive, in rejecting China’s territorial claims over our Arunachal Pradesh and parts of Ladakh, in decrying Pakistan’s gift of Sinkiang to China, in protesting against the Chinese questioning Jammu and Kashmir’s status as an Indian state and against their military presence in Gilgit and Baltistan, in expressing our support and admiration for the Dalai Lama as the cultural and religious head of the Tibetans, in saying that we recognise Tibet as an autonomous region of China and that since the 1950s China has been encroaching upon that autonomy by increasingly extending its direct rule over Tibet and by settling there in large numbers the Han Chinese.
In the countries whose shores are washed by the Indian Ocean and elsewhere too we must do man-to-man marking of the Chinese, we may not have huge funds to splurge around but we have English language, strength in computer software, managerial expertise, vibrant private sector and long democratic traditions to leverage.