JeM veto at UN: Why India needs to to play hardball with China

A clear stance of China on matters of terrorism and role in India-Pakistan conflict becomes necessary as it continues to quietly side with Pakistan and press ahead with its diplomatic balancing act with India on economic corridors.

Written by Kanishka Singh | Updated: October 7, 2016 1:09 pm
India, China, Indo China, India-China ties, UN veto, united nations veto, bilateral ties, china stance, china stand, Uri attack, brahmaputra, brahmaputra block, tributary block, Jaish-e-Mohammad, JeM chief, Masood Azhar, UN, United Nations, India on Masood azhar, azhar, designate terrorist, azhar terrorist, china block, china blocks bid, Indo china at UN, pakistan, china pakistan, block nuclear suppliers group, india news, indian express India needs to play hardball with the dragon to ensure its own interests are met even at the cost of dislodging China from its diplomatic ropewalk at BRICS.

India-China relations took another hit recently after China blocked India’s bid to get the UN to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist for the second time. A clear stance of China on matters of terrorism and role in India-Pakistan conflict becomes necessary as it continues to quietly side with Pakistan and press ahead with its diplomatic balancing act with India on economic corridors.

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The stalemate continues between the two countries and may also cast a shadow on the  BRICS summit that is scheduled to be held this month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to meet at the summit and recent turn of events along the LoC are likely to have a bearing on the negotiations between the two countries. Earlier this year, China also blocked India’s bid to gain entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Jinping has asserted on multiple occasions that he is committed to improving bilateral trade and diplomatic ties with India. Both countries are on the fast track of economic development and both are interested in maintaining amicable ties with each other to ensure sustained economic growth and bilateral trade. But, China’s announcement to build a $740 million hydropower project on the Xiabuqu river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra also known as the Yarlung Zangbo in China, comes as another alert.

The dam itself will not affect the flow of the river in India as it only accounts for less than one per cent of the total discharge of the river in India. However, as the Indus Waters Treaty sits in the spotlight, such moves will need to be looked at vigilantly. Brahmaputra has over 66000 MW of hydroelectric power production potential but that potential hasn’t been tapped by even 10 per cent yet. China still has the water weapon in its armoury to offer indirect support to its all-weather friend Pakistan.

China exercised its veto power as 14 out of 15 countries voted in favour of India’s request. However, China has argued that the 1267 Committee of the UN–which reviewed the request– needs to look at these issues impartially. The argument reeks of indifference towards India and an unwillingness to play a positive role in achieving a stable security situation in the South Asian region. The Indian government will know that China’s $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, that runs through Pakistan all the way up to Gwadar Port, will influence its decisions in security council decisions. India now needs to play hardball with the dragon to ensure its own interests are met even at the cost of dislodging China from its diplomatic ropewalk at BRICS.

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    Kshav
    Oct 2, 2016 at 9:42 am
    LET HIM SUPPORT HIM.CHINA HOW SLOWLY ENTERING INTO ROGUE STATE CATAGORY.SUPPORTING JEM,SUPPORTING N- KORIA,NOT CONDEMNING PAK'S TERRORISM AGAINST INDIA,SCS EXPANSION,DECLINING THE HAGUE JUDGEMENT,OCCUPATION OF TIBET,ENTERING INTO INDIAN BORDER NOW AND THEN ETC.CHINA OPENLY A TROUBLE MAKER FOR INDIA.STAN ONLY GETS SUPPOT BCOS CHINA WANTS WEAKER INDIA IN ASIA.CHINA DO LIKE SEE INDIA A RISING POWER
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      MyTake
      Oct 2, 2016 at 9:23 am
      Play China using Uyigurs.
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        Vivek
        Oct 2, 2016 at 12:31 pm
        Chinese companies should be asked to set up mfg unit in India rather than going for direct imports of finished goods trade is the biggest weapon of century what China has done they have liberlised imports first and made their Industries strong and after wiping out all compeion now they are ruling the roost.
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          Abbiya
          Oct 2, 2016 at 8:19 am
          Kindly request to indian citizens please don't buy Chinese products. ..we will show our strength to Chinese government.
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            AB CD
            Oct 3, 2016 at 2:33 am
            I know Indians are very smart and educated, but why don't they forget Bapu's secrete,lt;br/gt;Close nose, mouth will open automatically. Indian can pressure China by boycotting Chinese goods. China can lose billions of dollars on export revenue from India. If China support stan, do not buy Chinese goods. Anyway China is dumping cheap quality goods.I am starting from my home. I am burning all Chinese goods right now.lt;br/gt;Jai Hind. I love my India.
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              AB CD
              Oct 3, 2016 at 2:34 am
              India has big weapon to be used again China. Boycott China's cheap import. No more business with China.
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                AB CD
                Oct 3, 2016 at 2:36 am
                Trade of Balance is deficit with China anyway. Just stop buying China's cheap goods. Let encourage home industries. God bless India and God blast stan and China.
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                  babar
                  Oct 2, 2016 at 8:11 am
                  Expecting another Surgical Strike Press conference :)
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                    Amrita
                    Oct 2, 2016 at 11:45 am
                    I agree with the author. We need to target then where it matters. Their goods are flooding our markets. This cannot go on forever where one nation gains very little. We need to rework our strategy with China as well. They need to know we mean business, Both the MEA and the NSA need to work on this.
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                      blair tim
                      Oct 2, 2016 at 10:27 am
                      India has been hostile and provokative to China for past 70 years using Tibet and excile Tibetans. What has India got from China, a fost fuuk by PLA on Indian army, and India still feels the pain today. Is any Uyigurs useful for India to play?
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                        blair tim
                        Oct 2, 2016 at 10:31 am
                        Just throw away your computers our of a window now, which is made in China or at least partially made in China.
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                          Bir Chilarai
                          Oct 2, 2016 at 2:23 pm
                          To influence China economically, we need to pose a threat to it as a viable alternative in global manufacturing. This cannot happen unless we completely revamp our labour laws and get rid of loss-making public enies. The greatest potential for high tech manufacture is in defence which will have major civil spin offs but we are hog-tied by our inefficient DPSUs like HAL, GTRE, DRDO etc which have cornered all govt funding but have produced nothing of value. Unless we get rid of these dinosaurs, we will never be able to project our real power. No great country exists by buying weapons from others. Only when our Tatas, Mahindras, LandTs, Reliances, Kalyanis etc start designing and making jets, tanks, submarines, guns with full government funding for D will we emerge as a world power. The quickest way is to privatise all our DPSUs immediately.
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                            Dilip Chhatwani
                            Oct 2, 2016 at 10:27 am
                            Just as we have taught stan a lesson, even China has to be taught a lesson and that is economic lesson. We should ban Import of Chinese goods into India and cancel licences for Chinese companies to trade or manufacture in India. A hard economic lesson for China in present weak world economic conditions. We should also think of giving more economic and poitical Support to Vietnam and other countries of S.E. Asia against China for South China Sea deipute.lt;br/gt;China will only respect if it has Opposition to its positions, where it feels threatened.
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                              DD
                              Oct 2, 2016 at 1:29 pm
                              ......stan will soon be divided into 4 pieces. Insha Allah..lt;br/gt;Allah ki yahi marzi hai.lt;br/gt;Ameen
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                                rameshnk
                                Oct 2, 2016 at 8:35 am
                                China is the worst country India has to face. Even worse than s. Sooner India calls Chinas bluffs better it is . Indian Govt. should nake business in India diffiuclt for China. China does all things agaianst Indian interests but when it comes to business yhey want Indian market. Boycott All Chinese people and goods. A movement like Boycottforeign goods during indeoendence movement should be launced against China, Chinese compoanies, chinese goods and services. India should give u startegic restraint which has made us heavy price with stan. Now we should aply the same to China.
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                                  Sriniwasan
                                  Oct 2, 2016 at 8:03 am
                                  While India does not have much economic clout in handling the chinese,it should use the Political clout like the china HR Violations,Ughiur atrocities,autonomy for Tibet and lastly warm up to Taiwan.lt;br/gt;China hanging to stan which is precariously sitting on the Cliff edge,does not give any benefit,except needling India,India has to be savvy enough to deal with the hard nosed chingis in their own Poker game
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                                    imran khatik
                                    Oct 4, 2016 at 8:23 am
                                    Aameen
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                                      Paddy Singh
                                      Oct 2, 2016 at 8:08 am
                                      Will there ever come a day when we Indians and Modi will tell the Chinese off? That is something we will never see or is a long time coming. The Yanks, the West etc cannot antagonise China and India is no better because we are much weaker.
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                                        RJ
                                        Oct 2, 2016 at 11:33 am
                                        Huh... why exactly?
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                                          RJ
                                          Oct 2, 2016 at 10:04 am
                                          Why don't we inquire if Vietnam, Taiwan and Philippines need nuclear technology?
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                                            deva
                                            Oct 2, 2016 at 8:41 am
                                            big buy by companies must stop first. which will have big impact
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