The Cold war of 20th century has taken a Paradigm shift in 21st Century, is heating up with new players and expanding to new dimensions. The latest and largest player to enter Cold War arena is China, who in last six months has made best use of the US relative inaction in Asia-Pacific Region, due to their domestic occupation in pre and post elections scenario, correctly appreciating that no big bang decision is likely from them. China has used this period to increase its strategic space.
The Pentagons announcement (New York Times, 17 December 2016) of China agreeing to return the underwater vessels seized by them, may have reduced the immediate tension in South China Sea (SCS), temporarily, in the run up for inauguration of President elect Donald Trump, but the heating up of cold war in SCS is quite evident.
The deployment of China’s weaponry and infrastructure in various artificial structures in SCS continues to increase unchallenged in last few months. The diplomatic swinging of Philippines stance/leadership on SCS, or influencing consensus of ASEAN (exploiting their varying individual interest) on their outlook towards SCS, or bandwagoning smaller neighbours by “infrastructure diplomacy” and “Purse Diplomacy” of China are part of cold war. Read More…