The Coronavirus is not the only problem the world is now facing. Increasingly people are also talking about who is officially responsible for this pandemic and the finger of blame is pointing towards the Chinese government due to their non-cooperation strategy. We can ignore US President talking about ‘China virus’, but can’t close eyes and ears that China has covered-up the information about the pandemic and delivering defective ‘Made in China’ medical equipment to Europe, India and other countries. African countries have expressed their resentment at the discrimination against their citizens in China.
In this time of COVID-19 pandemic China is taking advantage and working on its strategy of expansion either economically or politically. Most recent evidence is India and China involved in a stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh region of India. Chinese troops have infringed into India’s side of LAC and have set up bases. This clash at the border is among a series of confrontation between India and China in the past few days. Before Ladakh, India and China had, had confrontations for Sikkim and Arunanchal Pradesh last year in Doklam. To show China that India is not what it used to be, tolerant for everything for the sake of peace; India has also taken a number of economic and diplomatic steps to confront China.
On the economic front, China is facing many challenges due to its suspicious role in spreading COVID-19 all over the world. A number of companies are considering shifting their operation out of China. Many countries are also giving financial aids to the companies to shift from China to their own motherland, for instance Japanese government allocated at least $2 billion to encourage its companies to shift production supply chains out of China. Taiwan and Vietnam have undercut Beijing’s Coronavirus diplomacy, dispatching their own shipments of medical aid to beleaguered countries in the west. If this happened it will adversely affect the economy of China.
On the other hand India is emerging out to be the most favorite destination for unsatisfied companies. India has lived up this status because of its commitment towards the work and humanity. New Delhi is making more efforts to attract these companies to set up their operations in India.
By making changes in its FDI policy in April, India is also successfully stopping China to takeover of Indian industries by Chinese investors. According to the new policy any country that shares a land border with India must get permission from the central government before investing directly in India i.e. there is no automated machinery for such investors who were planning to take advantages of the situation created due to Pandemic. This decision was taken to prevent opportunistic investments from bordering countries as India is the second most populous countries providing a large market along with cheap laborers and other facilities especially for China.
Diplomatically also India is showing its disagreement with China by virtually attending the Tsai-Ing-Wen sworn ceremony in Taiwan as president for his second term. Similarly, India has spoken against China’s assertions in the South China Sea. In fact, India has been traditionally against singling out a particular country in the issue. But now India has directly called out China and lent support to the Southeast Asian countries that have territorial disputes with China.
China’s deceptive and negligent act in handling Coronavirus pandemic has left the world to atone. Not only India but many other countries are taking actions against China by forming new policies to avoid the dependence on China for business and trading. Many countries like Britain, America, EU, and Australia are filling lawsuit against China. China’s activities on Indian border, threatening to Australia, Japan, weakening democracies like India and USA propagating Mount Everest as its territory and African colonization are created issues to engages all these countries individually with China so that such countries could not dare to raise eyebrows on China’s colonization policy on Taiwan, South China Sea, Bhutan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal. China’s this pressure building aggressive policy is bringing China into more limelight.
India, on the other hand, has always tried to protect its own interests while balancing relations with China. India has always stayed away from China’s policies for its neighbor whether it is for its neighboring poor countries or South China Sea. But India’s actions, in the light of China’s aggression in Ladakh, shows that India is taking steps towards active participation in geopolitics, including in the South China Sea. At present India has been applying a combination of strategies like building up pressure through military presence, economic policies and diplomatic advances.
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