Defence News (opinion): Beijing’s “String of Pearls” strategy, as well as its unofficial agenda to encircle India through its arch-rival Pakistan was sort of a reliable, go-to solution China thinks it still has. Thinkers, strategists and military experts believe that China will effectively do what it’s out to do: Contain India.
China’s “Contain India” dream was a clear win for them, until few years ago. It had almost no opposition to it’s rising dominance in every area around India (or so it thought). Trade was good, money was flowing and the world was not making any noises against it. Like a spoilt neo rich who is so eager to flaunt new found wealth and power, China went about pursuing projects meant to undermine India as well as create a chain of money spinning mills. Similar to a neo rich, it forgot that this world never stays the same and that it alone is not the only one with a muscle. Changing geo-strategic scenarios combined with China’s dirty habit of creating trade imbalances has won more enemies than friends. The result is that although a lot of countries trade with them, they hardly feel positive about the same.
Trouble started in south China sea, where the dragon lays claim to almost everything, islands, territorial waters and fishing grounds. It follows a dangerous path inciting smaller and comparatively weaker nations, uniting them in turn. American interests in the region run deep, partnership with Japan is of prime importance to them. Smaller countries have shown their tendency to support the western camp. In Indian ocean, American, Japanese and other navies of the region have often conducted joint exercises to prove operational competitiveness. The message is clear, China will never have its way.
Karma does come back
China’s dishonest and resource greedy attitude is slowly showing results. It continues to make mistakes by investing deep into Pakistan. It’s CPEC investment which by all measures is meant to suck the last drops of blood from Pakistan, is faulty at best. The loans are expensive for Pakistani tax payers, with little return, no local employment and hardly a small bite from the large pie that China will gobble herself. It goes without saying that Pakistani leaders have sold their country to China for cheap. Anyone can find easy proof of this by looking at the deals they signed and how Pakistani politicians are preparing to abandon their country. Their roots are now in developed countries, their kids go to foreign universities and they have property and business everywhere but in Pakistan. China also forgets that success does not come by looting another country, but by win-win and sustainable trade practices. Yet examples like Sri Lankan port investment debt case keep proving how Chinese investments have always led to the “I win, you loose” game.
What may come to pass
What anyone or any country does is never without consequences, the world was never won by anyone with hunger for power or territory. The nations of this world today move closer and closer to war and when that happens, alliances will form and truth will win like always. If China thinks it can defeat everyone with some strategy written in an old book, let it continue to be under that illusion, there is nothing more dangerous for her in that case. What China brews today will yield bitter taste tomorrow. There is no doubt that with it’s game of economics and territorial greed, China will never find many friends. She has to learn that with great power comes great responsibility. You can make castles on the shore, but the waves always have their way.