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  Author Name : K Ramesh Babu Posted on : August-17-2009 Total Hits: 2396
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It is an another episode of ever expanding power games played in the name of liberating oppressed populace from the glitches of ruling tyrants.

Tibet as known as the ceiling of Asia which has a potentiality of being a military base besides Indian Kashmir and Mongolia in the region in order to organize `peace’, `stability’ etc. in the region.

The interest of the western powers to dominate India and China through creating Pakistan and Taiwan lend little advantageous rather than direct trading and other commercial relationships.

The dragon was almost tamed while started to receive FDI since 1976 post Mao china launched reforms under Deng. India felled in the line in 1992 followed with Manmohanomics reforms.

The two big challenges caught up with internal strife eats up their concentration rather than considering out side developments.

Several argue that it is a non-entity for India to worry about Tibet other than improving domestic socio-economic conditions. As China is making busy to conquer world economy through its cheap products, as well as increasing military strength to face any eventualities when being challenged by force, a neighbor as competitor need not to be alert over those developments?...

Both the giants have common border and strategic interests that include partially Tibet. India has given asylum to the government in exile under Dalai Lama since late fifties, still an irritation in the bilateral relationship.

However, recently India has agreed to recognize Tibet as an integral part of China in reciprocal with China agrees to accept ‘Sikkim’ as the integral part of India.

These changes and mutual agreements said to be a temporary phenomenon still there is a feud breaks out between them.

Since this, present incumbent does not spoken out their stand openly. However, their ex-leftist coalition supporters seriously stand in favour of ‘Peoples Republic of China’, which is on the spree of annexing maximum area/regions that lay near by with few populations.

India few years after freedom has to shape it’s foreign policy on the tracts of anti-colonial as well as bi-polar world and planned to assert support to form a third alternative; NAM(Non-aligned Movement).

However, many of internal power centres of the Nehru government proposed a pragmatic policy that serves Indian foremost interests in the region. Especially, Sardar Patel who is outspoken and steely person who integrated modern India stood for a pragmatist views advocated a cautious policy over China, which is under his analysis needs a separate treatment unlike Pakistan and other neighbours, since it has become communist regime.

Nehru never heeded to these views and entered an agreement with visiting premier Chou-en-lai with special relations conferred on India. A decade after China withdrew the best relations and captured a sizeable part of the Indian Territory in Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh. Still to date it keeps to the stand that it is their hereditary area of possession.

Since this happened in 1962, bilateral relations has dipped into worse from bad after several incidents followed with. Until mid eighties Rajiv Gandhi opened new dialogues with Deng as new liberal Chinese regime interested to shape according to times and surge ahead with their power games suited with the needs.

Later Vajpayee in mid nineties launched neighbour friendly attitude and China started to show some interest in recognizing Indian interests that are beyond its control.
Expanding economy, influence at global scale, political reliability increased India’s credibility among countries across the world.

In the meantime, China merged Hong Kong a British territory and negotiating with Taiwan to be annexed with the mainland. However, the dragons economic might is well known, falling standards and ever lasting disputes with foreign trade keeps nations to hold Chinese connections at a distance. The US, back power of the nation has developed continuous difficulties and strained relationship with the fear of increasing military presence searching options to check the dragon’s expansion.

Tibet, ever lasting irritation for the giant has surfaced again with the direct interest of the US, has changed the calculations in long term.

This is the secret behind China’s and its bandwagons foul cry louder at current times. The US may proposes to turn the Buddhist predominant place as an alternative military base since getting Kashmir, Triconamalai and Diego Garcia etc. became impossible for that purpose.

Until or unless India shows little interest in the Tibet issue it is not possible for US to move ahead in the issue. Now, India has trump card in the negotiations with China.

As in the past India almost helped, US to attempt to stop China’s peaceful integration of Tibet in late fifties but that went unfruitful with several strategic reasons.

This time India cleverly either helps US transparently to liberate Tibet from China in the real motive for freedom or bring it to the negotiation table in the aegis of UN.

By taming China and with political turning ups in the Pakistan on hand, India would concentrate on the internal problems which is most important for the days ahead.

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