New Delhi: Differences between India and China are likely to deepen and the Doklam standoff was not a one-off incident, former National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said today and cautioned that the differences may lead to “unexpected consequences”.
Narayanan, while speaking at the international symposium ‘Indo-China relations—Resolving contentious issues’, said the Chinese are peeved over India’s support to the Tibetan Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, apart from differences over economic and border issues.
Narayanan said China’s attempt to strangle India by befriending its neighbors including Pakistan, taking over of Hambantota port in Sri Lanka. Gwadar port in Pakistan and setting up of a new naval base in Djibouti in Africa and intent to increase such presence will only lead to worsening of relations between the two Asian giant. “I don’t say there will be war but there will be constant conflict” he asserted.
China’s focus has shifted to the east from Ladakh. Narayanan said that Doklam was not a one-off incident.
“China’s nibbling tactics would continue in future” They will bring it back again and again, there is no end”, the former NSA said.
Terming Pakistan as the “main kingpin” in China’s design to influence the region, he said such hostility between the two Asian superpowers might lead to unexpected circumstances.
“Finding common ground will not be easy, the differences may lead to unexpected consequences”, he added.
Speaking at the same event, former Army Chief General (retd) Shankar Roy Chowdhury was, however, optimistic that India would prove to be a match for China’s military prowess.
“The Indian Peninsula provides us with the world’s largest natural aircraft carrier which is unsinkable and looks over the Chinese oil supply lines from the Middle-East, apart from Andaman and Nicobar Islands placed like dagger on the throat of the strategic shipping routes of China in the Indian
Ocean”, Roy Chowdhury said.
The two-day symposium has been organised by the Research Centre For Eastern and North Eastern Regional Studies, a Kolkata based think-tank.