Covid-19 was supposed to give a reality check to Xi Jinping administration. And it actually did, but Jinping has taken to ulterior routes in order to avoid possible exigencies. He is now down to utilising hyper-nationalism in order to increase his chances of getting back to power. He seems to be ready to destroy China’s foreign policy for this purpose as well.
Chinese increased aggression along the borders
Several reports from India, as well as other countries like USA, have revealed that the Chinese are reinvigorating their military presence in its neighbourhood. A few days back, it was reported that Chinese have tested an advanced Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). There are extremely high chances that Chinese will deploy this rocket along India-China border. The speculations of it being deployed along LAC are fuelled by failed round of talks between India and China at Chusul-Moldo border. Additionally, Chinese state media also broadcasted a clip in which Chinese Army was carrying out an exercise over Pangong lake.
But, the exercise was one of the many incidents of peace violations by the PLA. From mid June, Chinese Air Force has been carrying out large scale air-defence exercises along the contested areas. As a counter measure, Indian Air Force is also quite alert and has manoeuvred fighter jets in the region. Air Force is also conducting night patrols. VR Chaudhari, India’s Air Chief Marshal said, “Chinese aircraft activity is closely monitored by us. Whenever we see Chinese aircraft or remotely piloted aircraft coming too close to the LAC, we take appropriate measures by scrambling or putting our aircraft on higher alert. This has deterred them quite a lot,…”
Ever since Indian Armed Forces struck a massive blow to China in Galwan, the Communist nation
India gave a reputational blow to China
has been trying to win back its reputation of extraordinary military powers. Before Galwan, most countries in the region feared that China would trample over their sovereignty.
Its overtures in the South China Sea in particular and Indian Ocean in general indicated that. But, thrashing by Bihar regiment jawans punctured the narrative around powerful Chinese military. After that, India led a coordinated economic, diplomatic and strategic offensive against the Communist nation.
Regional countries in favour of India
Other countries of the region also joined in. India quickly engaged regional nations like Japan, Philippines among others in its anti-China initiative. The Philippines will soon be getting BrahMos from India while it is well known fact that Japan is our QUAD partner and anyday, it will choose India over China.
Similarly, Vietnam gave a severe jolt to China by snatching a part of manufacturing units from its production lines. Sri Lanka, another island nation located at strategic location has also witnessed anti-China upheaval in the wake of its economic crisis. The question of who will take over the space vacated by China is to be sorted out between India and the USA, which are overtly strategic partners in QUAD, i2U2 and few other forums.
Tensions with the USA
This is the reason why China has increased its offensives on the geographies under the influence of the USA as well. China has become more aggressive on its one-China policy. In a phone call with General Mike Milley of the United States, Gen. Li Zuocheng, China’s Joint Chief of staff chairman, told him that Beijing had “no room for compromise” on issues such as Taiwan.
Possibly to showcase that it was not a hollow threat, top brass of the China’s polity recently came down heavily on Nancy Pelosi’s planned trip to Taiwan. There are calls for Chinese aircraft keeping an eye of Pelosi’s Taiwan trips. Military officials of the United States have estimated that Jinping is planning to take over Taiwan by the year 2027.
All this is happening at a time when Xi Jinping is facing domestic credibility challenge. China’s economy is in decline, his lockdowns have been unpopular and even his own party members are now criticsing him. It is getting tougher for him to come back later this year. Jingoism is the only option left for him.
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