WASHINGTON: As its rivalry with the US intensifies and the worldwide atmosphere turns into extra hostile, China ought to enhance its relations with its Asian neighbours and India needs to be its precedence, stated US-based professor Zhiqun Zhu.
In an opinion piece in Al Jazeera, Zhiqun Zhu, Professor of Political Science and Worldwide Relations at Bucknell College, stated that India has been cautious to not offend China, even because it beefs up ties with the US.
“It serves China’s curiosity to enhance relations with its Asian neighbours as a substitute of closely concentrating on the US. India needs to be a precedence of this new method,” the professor stated.
“If Beijing reacts to the border conflict as raucously as New Delhi does, it runs the chance of elevating animosity between the 2 international locations and pushing India additional into the US embrace, giving Washington an edge in boxing in Beijing,” he added.
The professor stated that with a view to keep away from creating too many enemies and pushing India nearer to the US, China should de-escalate tensions with India.
“The Chinese language management could not have a consensus on the way to deal with the border disaster, however nobody desires to be blamed for ‘shedding’ India. It’s potential that President Xi Jinping is attempting to rein in aggressive impulses of some Chinese language diplomats and generals,” he additional stated.
The professor stated that China should cope with a nationalistic neighbour–India– prudently, as requires boycotting Chinese language items and cancelling contracts with Chinese language companies develop louder in India following Galwan Valley showdown.
He additional stated that China wants to enhance its relationship with India as a result of it already has frosty relations with Australia and Japan, faces challenges within the South China Sea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and is experiencing the bottom level in its relations with the US and Canada.
“As the 2 largest creating nations, India and China share many pursuits equivalent to selling home progress, safeguarding regional stability, combating persistent poverty, and coping with local weather change,” he famous.
“Each additionally need to play a extra lively position in worldwide affairs. Their widespread pursuits clearly outweigh their variations. The very last thing they want is a conflict which might doom each their home and worldwide ambitions, he added.
To counter the perceived Western bias in direction of China, Beijing has launched the “Inform the China story” marketing campaign globally. “If India, a fellow creating nation in Asia, finds the “China story” unappealing, how can China current it successfully to the world?” stated the professor.
“The Chinese language have a saying: shut neighbours are dearer than distant kinfolk. As an alternative of a US-centric overseas coverage, China ought to pivot to Asia now, with India being a essential part of this new diplomatic method,” he added.