Foreign policy and military experts are of the view that India should take a clinical and objective view of the behaviour of China so that it can meet the challenges posed by that country in the medium term future.
These views were expressed at a panel discussion on China organised jointly by Amity University and the United Services Institution (USI) which was attended by former Andhra Pradesh governor T.N. Chaturvedi, former foreign secretary K. Raghunath, former Manipur governor Gen. (retd)VK Nayyar, Deputy Director of USI Maj Gen. (retd) P.J.S. Sandhu and other former senior military officers and foreign policy experts.
Mr. Raghunath said that China should neither be regarded as a dragon nor as a cudly panda but as something in between as it really is. “We should take an empirical, clinical and objective view of Chinese behaviour” so that we can develop the appropriate responses to the challenges that it poses for our country. He gave a brief outline of the emerging international strategic structure and said that India should avoid the mistakes committed by the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold war during which they regarded each other as the worst evil.
Maj. Gen. (retd) K. Jai Singh, Vice Chancellor while welcoming the guests read out a message from the Founder President of Amity University, Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan. Maj. Gen. (retd) Dhawan gave an overview of the activities of the university. The discussion was moderated by Lt Gen Arvind Sharma (Retd) former General officer commanding of the Kolkata based Eastern Command.
Other speakers included noted economist Mr. Mohan Guruswamy, former advisor to the finance minister, who while giving a comparative picture of the strengths and weaknesses of the two countries, said that to draw level with China India should strengthen its governance, an aspect that had been neglected till now.
Brig (retd) Anil Sharma, a nuclear policy expert at USI, outlined a the nuclear and military power balance between India and China and gave out the likely ingress routes if China decides to exercise the military option against India.