President Xi Chinfing arrived in China on Tuesday amid ongoing tension along the border with India.There he asked the soldiers to keep themselves prepared keeping in mind the issue of war.Not only this, the Chinese President asked the soldiers at the Marine Corps headquarters to develop themselves as elite forces.The elite force is the security force which is capable of quick response in every situation.
China selected waters for the war-
In China, the Army has prepared the Marine Corps to support the Navy.These will be deployed at foreign military bases in China.In China, along with being the president and general secretary of the ruling Communist Party, Chinfing is also the chairman of the Central Military Commission, which is the Supreme Commander of the military forces. On Tuesday, he visited the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Navy Marine Corps headquarters in Chaozhou.This was the first time Chinfing has visited its headquarters since the formation of the Marine Corps in 2017.
China encircled India and India’s counter attack-
In the midst of recent clashes at the Indian borders, China is also heading his steps in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean region as well. However, this existence of China in the Indian Ocean region is not new. Indeed it is a pre-planned strategy to collect intelligence for military purposes and it’s also a part of his coercive diplomacy to encircle India by the means of a string of pearls and OBOR project. China has naval bases in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Djibouti, Pakistan by the means of which he has encircled India. China has constructed his naval base in all this country at a very strategic position from where he is not only developing infrastructure and setting up military establishments but also making several efforts with the help of which he can detect all the movements of his opponents. China is undertaking both of these projects not just to contain its neighbour India but also to counter the aggression of the US, Japan, Australia,etc. Since due to the COVID-19 pandemic issue he is already facing the rage of the whole world hence to create an aura of dominance in the region he is undertaking such steps. However, China always denies the fact that he is undertaking this infrastructural work in other countries to counter opponents. Instead of this, he claims it as infrastructural development work for the well-being of those countries. Let’s have a look at how both of these projects’ sole aim is to counter the opponent countries.
The ‘one belt one road (OBOR)’ and ‘string of pearls’-
In the year 2013, China started a so-called development project OBOR to undertake infrastructural development in some countries. But the main motive of China behind undertaking this infrastructural development in other countries was that he wanted to invest that much amount of money in some strategically located country. So that they become unable to return the invested money and hence by the means of this he will capture some territory to establish his military buildup in that area and also make a burden of huge debts so that the country becomes unable to come out of the trap in a long run. By this initiative, China has made reach to most of the parts of the Asian and African region. By this project, China has made infrastructural development on a large scale in all those countries which surround India. Gradually China is also making its military establishment in all these countries so that if any future conflict arises he can use those establishments for his selfish motives.
Similarly, China to which China calls as a geopolitical strategy to interlink countries via sea routes to conduct trade activities. But again this is not the main motive of China behind the initiative in fact by this strategy China has encircled India and has made its reach from the South China Sea to Indian ocean and had finished encirclement to the horn of Africa. By a string of pearls strategy China is not only encircling India but also trying to point out the USA and his other rival countries. By the means of this initiative, China is also constructing some artificial islands in several regions to expand its military establishments and to strengthen his presence. For instance of his motive behind this strategy, we can see that China has placed its aircraft carrier at it’s Djibouti military buildup, now it can be clearly analysed that China is not doing this for expanding its trade routes but for his selfish motive to encircle Asian giant India via military buildups.
Now India being a responsible country can’t just see all this conspiracy against him, hence he is also undertaking some initiative to counter these strategies of China. Following are the two initiative which India is undertaking to counter both the above initiatives of China
‘The one sun one world one grid (OSOWOG)initiative’ and ‘the necklace of diamond’-
It is an initiative proposed by India to promote the use of clean energy. Under this initiative, India is planning to interlink countries from the South Asian region to the African region in three steps. India by means of this is going to establish solar panels first in the south Asian countries then in West Central Asia and at the end in the African region. This can clearly be understood as a counter activity which in actual means is a true developmental activity parallel OBOR.
Necklace of diamond-
Similarly another plan is the ‘Necklace of diamond’ which is an initiative by the side of India to counter the Chinese string of pearls. Under this initiative India has built his naval establishments at the Port Changi in Singapore, Chahbar in Iran, Diago in Gracia and at Duqm in Oman as a counter encirclement of China’s string of pearls so that China will not get succeeded and selfish motives. By the means of this initiative, India is not only going to counter the threats by China’s string of pearls but will also take the real developmental activities so that those countries can also be benefited.
Again coming to the Xi’s announcement-
Following the announcement of Chinfing of the reorganization of the army in 2015, nearly three lakh soldiers were reduced from the Army while the Navy and Air Force were expanded.China did this with the intention of increasing its global influence. There is a plan to increase the number of soldiers in the Marine Corps to one lakh soon.These troops will be deployed at China’s military base in Gwadar Port of Pakistan of strategic importance and Djibouti in the deep ocean.
In a conversation with the commanders of the Marine Corps, Chinfing asked the soldiers to be in positions to be always ready for action.For this, special emphasis was laid on training, setting goals and developing special methods of fighting.He said that the Marine Corps should be designed in such a way that it can take the foremost responsibility to protect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as to protect maritime rights and to protect global rights.
Thus looking at the whole scenario anyone can clearly say that all the strains are not going to tranquilize soon in fact the way both the states are acting more precisely the provocation from Chinese side will going to increase length of these strains which are a matter of concern not only for both of this state but for the whole world as well.