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  1. Rabindra

    This is a very timely article on the three major options for China to stamp its hegemony. China has abandoned its Grand Strategy somewhere in 2020 , before which it s diplomacy, military power and economic relations were all directed towards national security. Since 2020 , the world is observing a China which feels that national security and spreading its hegemony are inseparable.
    China’s strategy today seems to have lost its sense of purpose , a hallmark of its Grand Strategy and instead it is belligerent with focus on nationalism , stoking misconceived hatred. Till now , the world was seeing rise of a great power which was predictable as its grand strategy had a long term focus , in which stability in foreign relations was key. Today the world is confronting a China which is bent on stamping its hegemony , endangering its relationship with the world.

    Its nibbling actions in South China Sea , on LAC with India , Senkaku Islands are examples of its wolf warrior behavior, a key ingredient in its efforts to spread hegemony . The other ingredient is that of its Belt Road Initiative wherein under developed and developing nations are falling prey to easy access to loans from China , which they can ill afford to pay back and thereby seek to lose their autonomy and control of key strategic infrastructure nodes like ports .

    Today, all over the world , despite its generous help to even advanced nations to combat Covid 19 , its popularity is plummeting and nations are not sure about their relationship with China.
    Most recently the Chinese hegemony muted the response of all ASEAN nations , in their condemnation against the military coup in Myanmar and the civilian bloodshed that followed.
    In India’s neighborhood, China has a trenchant friend in Pakistan. Along with India, both these nations are nuclear armed and this makes South Asia possibly the most dangerous flashpoint in the world.

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    1. Brig SK Chatterji

      Thanks. Very lucid comments.

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  2. Air Cmde SP Singh

    A very well written piece of work. The topic chosen is so very apt, that once I started reading the article, every paragraph amplifies the thought, that you have articulated so well. Regards.

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