As we all know, the disengagement process between the troops of China and India has started and it is likely to ease the border tensions to a certain extent. For the past two months, we have seen violent standoff between the two powerful Southasian neighbors in eastern Ladakh in which 20 Indian army personnel were killed. But according to strategic experts, India should prepare for a long haul and keep up the pressure on the Chinese for they cannot ever be trusted.
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 22, 2020
India has already taken certain aggressive measures to hurt China economically. Among these features banning of TikTok and other Chinese apps. The country is also pushing for self-reliance. No wonder, all these steps have enraged China. However, India is still steadily proceeding with its anti-China initiatives. In this article, we shall highlight those initiatives.
Here are 5 ways through which India is still building pressure on China at present
1. Aggressive trade ban
The Chinese troops’ misadventure caused mistrust about its intentions and it generated nationalistic fervor in India. The Centre canceled investments in various sectors from Chinese firms. India took several approaches to tackle China, isolating them economically is a major aspect among them. A group of experts believes India should continue with its trade war against China, boycott Chinese products, cancel contracts with Chinese companies and thus push for maximum loss to the Chinese economy. This is the reason Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Aatma Nirbhar Abhiyan plan.
Very soon, the Centre may go for hiking duties, examine all FDI proposals from China, and offer incentives to local traders to lessen production costs, and make Chinese goods look less attractive to buyers.
2. Bringing Rafale to the fore
India’s defense minister Rajnath Singh used the arrival of 5 fighter Rafale jets from France to launch a veiled attack to neighboring China over border tensions. Singh on Wednesday stated that the combat jets’ arrival marked “the beginning of a new era in our military history”. No doubt the Rafales will make our air force “much stronger to deter any threat that may be posed on our country,” Singh tweeted.
I would like to add, if it is anyone who should be worried about or critical about this new capability of the Indian Air Force, it should be those who want to threaten our territorial integrity.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 29, 2020
Though the minister did not directly name China but political observers, as well as common people, understood that his comments were clearly aimed at the Dragons.
5. Race for technology growth
Another way India is trying to outsmart China is through technological advancement. India has already achieved major investment benefits from Google which promises to uplift India’s digital growth massively with Rs 75,000 crore. With Mukesh Ambani’s Jio bringing in new 5G revolution, China’s Huawei’s biting the dust.
The Centre recently banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, including TikTok, to improve local control and data security. As per reports, leaders in India’s technology industry are urging PM Modi to go even further to protect the interests of local companies against foreign rivals, especially China. “China has long been the bratty kid who thinks it’s OK to grab others’ cake without sharing your own,” Dahiya told Bloomberg News.
India is leaving no stone unturned to brace up against China, for the Dragons cannot be trusted even after rounds of diplomatic talks and assurances. Now time will prove whether these steps are enough for India to keep its territory safe and maintain its supremacy in the Southasian region.
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