China’s foreign policy is based on four tenets called “Four Lay Outs” (四个布局). They are major powers as key, neighbourhood as the priority
To a question by Mr MK Raghavan, Member of Parliament, Dr Subhash Bhamre, the Minister of State for Defence, said on 19 December 2016 in a written reply to Lok Sabha
In the flux that the world is in, India and China should work to overcome the divergences to make it a true Asian Century. Both PM Modi and Chinese President Jinping have shown their capability to take decisions. These two leaders are in the correct position to ensure that India and China work towards a New Type of Major Country Relationship. The question is, will they do so?
Chinese Peoples Liberation Army is raising a Strategic Support Force. This force is likely to be the game changer in future wars.
The creative may include China’s rocket being launched, a picture of PLA soldiers sitting in front of computer terminals and pictures of sensors placed on the border with India.
China aims to win the battle for adversary’s mind by Psychological Warfare even before the battle is joined. She does it in continuum during peace and war. India needs to get her act together on this aspect.
In this third of the series on Three Warfares by China, it is intended to discuss the Media warfare in this edition. Media warfare, also known as the Public Opinion Warfare, is aimed at moulding the public opinion in favour of the objective decided by China. Media warfare is also referred to as Mediafare by some analysts.
China resorts to legal warfare more offensively to substantiate her claims. India needs to study this and establish a legal warfare system to create favourable conditions to fight for her claims.
The Three Warfares, (Psychological, media and Legal) concept is seen as very important to increasing the China’s “soft power” and a major contributor to its success in all future wars. As China moved towards the concept of fighting Local Wars under Conditions of Informationisation, the three warfares gained in importance not only in its military connotation but also in national strategy.It is in India’s interest that, she takes note of this strategy by China and devise countermeasures for the same.
The Eighth BRICS Summit Meeting has just concluded in Goa, India. It was conducted over two days on 15 and 16 October 2016. The Author has aptly summarised the takeaways for India. As per him, India has been successful in placing her cards on the table though with partial success. Media reports sway between positives and negatives for India depending on who writes them. The truth is likely to be somewhere in between, he adds.
Any activity by China on the Brahmaputra River creates a furore in India. China is the upper riparian state, has not entered into any water sharing agreement and is carrying out projects for hydroelectric power in her territory. She is also expected to divert the waters of Brahmaputra River to the North from Great Bend. It is necessary to take a balanced and holistic view of the issue and how India should handle it.