Is China turning up the heat of tension across its neighbourhood?

IMAGE COURTESY: BEHANCE.UK
IMAGE COURTESY: BEHANCE.UK

China, due to its growing economic and military might, has been a force to reckon with and only next to the U.S in recent times. Its growing stature at the global level is not a surprise. It has taken a number of foreign policies, on the part of China, especially the present regime under President Xi Jinping which has several negative underpinning for its neighbours, ranging from control over the South China Sea region to One Belt One Road initiative.

READ: TODAYS UPDATES NEWS
CLICK HERE: TOP HEADLINES OF TODAY

Coming to the claims over the South China Sea region have left the countries in the region worried. China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea such recent land reclamation, warning/threat to vessels entering these waters and unilateral claim on natural resources, have turned out to be a matter of concern for the rest of the countries. The claims, by China over the disputed islands in the East China Sea have left of its important neighbours, namely South Korea and Japan concerned.

China’s String of Pearls in IOR and CPEC in PoK despite India’s reservations has left India dismayed. Recently China has also defended Pakistan in UN sanctions committee on terrorists. However, China’s few initiatives have also indicated its genuine willingness to play a responsible power’s role. Multilateral organisations like the NDB and AIIB have been set up with major thrust from China to not only supplement existing multilateral financial order but also to assist developing South Asia financially for its needs.

READ MORE: TOP HEADLINES OF TODAY
ALSO, READ: ENGLISH NEWS HEADLINES

In fact, the Silk Route economic belt initiative is aimed at reviving the historical silk routes to Europe by bringing economic development to the participating nations. China’s one belt one road initiative towards Asia seems to be more of china’s expansion policy rather than economic expansion. China’s assistance to its neighbours like Myanmar, Nepal, Central Asian countries etc for developmental needs is also a case in point.

However, critiques of the world see them as a part of larger Chinese design.

Thus, we see that China, being a major power of the world china should carry itself in a more acceptable manner by respecting international Treaties and law, taking smaller neighbours into confidence and respecting the ethos of the Panchsheel principles by former freedom fighter Jawaharlal Nehru. It should not only act in a more responsible manner but also should be seen doing so. Only then, its “peaceful rise” shall be in a larger global interest.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here