So I’ve been reading a lot on the media – and on many Indian blogs – how India’s Agni-V missile is going to reposition the balance of power in Asia, how it is designed to target Beijing and Shanghai. 1 Presumptively, India had notified all members on the security counsel – but China – ahead of the test.
Because there are so much hot air out there, I’d like to point people out to three articles that may be of interest.
In this BBC article, the author discusses that the launching of Agni-V is not really aimed at China, but merely part of its process of create a credible nuclear deterrence – that there is little risk of a arms race between China and India resulting from the Agni-V.
In this global times op-ed, the author noted that China does not treat India as a strategic competitor, but that if India must become one, China hopes it will be a peaceful competitor.
Finally, in this Huffington Post, the author warned that India’s ambition does not appear to be aimed at China only, but all of Europe and America.
Much will become clearer on what sort of threat – if any – India poses to the world in the coming decade. But as long as China keeps its current course of reform, economic development, and military modernizations, it should be ready for whatever geopolitical or military challenges that arise.
As the global times op-ed duly noted:
It seems India’s path for boosting its military strength has not met too many obstacles. India is still poor and lags behind in infrastructure construction, but its society is highly supportive of developing nuclear power and the West chooses to overlook India’s disregard of nuclear and missile control treaties. The West remains silent on the fact that India’s military spending increased by 17 percent in 2012 and the country has again become the largest weapons importer in the world.
China and India should develop as friendly a relationship as possible. Even if this cannot be achieved, the two should at least tolerate each other and learn to coexist.
Their status as newly emerging countries shows the two should cooperate on the international stage. It would be unwise for China and India to seek a balance of power by developing missiles.
The geopolitics of Asia will become more dependent on the nature of Sino-Indian relations. The peace and stability of the region are crucial to both countries. China and India should both take responsibility for maintaining this peace and stability and be wary of external intervention.
…China hopes India will remain calm, as this would be beneficial to both giants.