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Updated: December 19, 2011 11:06 IST

Agni-V shows India's ambitions, says CPC paper

Ananth Krishnan
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In this Feb. 2010, file photo, V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister and Avinash Chander, Programme Director, AGNI missile, pose with a model of the Agni missile during a press conference in New Delhi.
AP In this Feb. 2010, file photo, V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister and Avinash Chander, Programme Director, AGNI missile, pose with a model of the Agni missile during a press conference in New Delhi.

A commentary in the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper

A commentary in the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper this weekend called on India to cooperate more with its neighbours “instead of being hostile to them,” suggesting that India's rising military expenditure reflected its growing regional “strategic ambitions.”

The article published on the People's Daily's website, whose author was identified as Zi Mo, pointed to the development of the 5,000 km-range Agni-V, expected to be unveiled in February 2012, as showing India's “intention of seeking regional balance of power.”

While Indian military officials had said India's weapons would not pose a threat to any country, the newspaper said claims from other officials and scientists suggested that the development of the missile was aimed at China, whose cities would fall within its range.

The paper pointed to India's rising military spending — which is, however, only a little more than one-third that of China's, according to estimates — as evidence of Indian strategic ambitions.

Indian goal

“It is the Indian goal to continue to strengthen the military and possess a military clout that matches its status as a major power,” the article said. “However, how many missiles is enough is a question for all governments in the missile era.”

India was beginning “to get close to America” following Washington's growing strategic focus on the Asia-Pacific, but “thinking this move will contain its imaginary enemy would be naive.”

“India should cooperate with the neighbouring countries instead of being hostile to them and should reduce its own ‘persecution mania' to play a role on the world stage in the future,” the article said.

“There is no real winner in wars and peace opportunities must not be wasted. This is the wise judgment.”

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China and India are two major powers in the present world. Both the East and the West look on China and India for a better future of Asia and the Globe. China definitely has got several advantages over India, yes. But containing its huge diversity in many respects as the world's largest democracy, the advancement India has made in economy and technology is quite enviable. Agni v/vi, BrahMos, lunar explorations, indigenous aircraft carriers (not just lemons) are modicum of instances. Zi Mo sounds serious.Note, China has not to engage in Kargil type proxy war on its borders, and has not to tackle Mumbai type terror attacks breeded and exported by a fundamentalist 'failed' state that not only pulls the leg of its neighbour but poses potential threats to the civilization itself. The sooner the Chinese realise that Indians are not foes but friends,and the sooner Chinese government stops patronising fundamentalilst terror breeders and exporters,the better for mankind.Then none needs missiles.

from:  Surajit Roy Majumder
Posted on: Dec 26, 2011 at 12:02 IST

After all, China's official newspaper acknowledges India's defense products are not just lemons. Zi Mo sounds serious in the article. The sooner the Chinese leaders realise that India and China are potential friends and not enemies, the better for the civilization.

from:  Tulu Majumder
Posted on: Dec 24, 2011 at 14:36 IST

The threat of China needs to be taken seriously. China wishes to be the sole superpower in Asia and doesn't want India to develop its millitary arsenal as that would mean a constant check in their expansive ambitions.
India needs to have millitary superiority over China as China can launch an offensive against India if it goes in their interest.
This threat is real and must not be overlooked.

from:  aatifanjum
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 08:45 IST

China's concern is not India per se, it is India's alliance with the West. You have to ask what does West have in common with India? The only thing West has in common with India is enemies, China and the Muslims.

from:  Tipu Qiamkhani
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 08:29 IST

When you have Dong Feng, missile, thousands of atomic weapons, invade Tibet, threaten
Taiwan, bully Japan, S.Korea and other neighbors,control Internet, staple visas to kashmiri
people, clandestinely supply nuclear weapons to a terrorist country, and N.Korea, violate
human rights against your people like wei Wei, Tianamen massacre and expect India to
cooperate with a devil ??

from:  Das
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 00:02 IST

Is China being friendly to India? It should introspect before it delivers lessons on peace to India.It should first and foremost give up its claim on parts of Arunachal Pradesh.It should take kindly to Dalai lama's presence in India.Kashmir is India's.I should learn to appreciate this ground reality.

from:  Gajanan Taman
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 20:13 IST

The last time we wanted to be friends with China they usurped Aksai
Chin.

I support developing better relations with China and NOT picking sides
in the US-sino rivalry but I need my govt. to make sure that if China
tries any military misadventure in Arunachal, we have the capability
to foil their attack in the mountains or may be launch a counter-
attack in Tibet.

Given the sorry state of Chinese Air Force, they are heavily dependent
on their missiles. I need to know that we are pounding live targets in Beijing and Shanghai using Agni V if they feel the use to try any of
those missiles.

Go Agni V!

from:  Rakesh Sharma
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 19:21 IST

China's continous military pricks in d shape of border aggression,forays,of late, into Indian Ocean are only making India ambitious militarily. After all China is our friend and is giving us a timely wake up call. Thanks China.Of course our political leadership .... d least said d better.

from:  Sunil Kaboo
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 18:47 IST

Very hypocritical from The Chinese as they pose the biggest military danger in East and Southern Asia. Their expansionist policies and greed for land including parts of Arunachal Pradesh, previous invasion of Tibet, sea disputes with Vietnam, Japan and Phillipines points to the fact that it is China that wants to dominate the region.

from:  Vipul Dave
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 18:34 IST

Peace in the region will very much depend upon the policies and activities of China and Pakistan.If they decide to adopt cooperative and complimenting policies the region will witness unprecedented growth otherwise continued high level of poverty will rule the region.

from:  N Bhashyam
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 18:33 IST

100 chuvve khake billy haj ko gayi...cpc talkin abt peace?

from:  ravi
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 18:16 IST

China would do well to lead by example by abandoning development of new nuclear missiles and progressively dismantling existing nuclear arsenal so that it's intention toward promoting world peace gets the necessary boost. Such unilateral action will compel other countries, particularly the US, Russia and European countries to progressively reduce their own nuclear arsenal. To avert war and achieve peace this is the least China could do!

from:  LS Ullal
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 18:02 IST

From what I see, the paper is well drafted. However, China threat is
not imaginary. China strengthens Pakistan against India, works in
Nepal against India, etc. Not just India, is it averse to the concepts
of peace on equal terms, eg. Japan, Vietnam, Phillipines. From China's
perspective Indian "cooperation" would only mean giving up Askai Chin
and Twang to China in addition to the huge economic benefits. There is
also no need to elaborate the Chinese military infrastructure and
excercises, border incursions, diplomatic overtures, etc. In this
juncture, what India is doing albeit being slow-footed is a bare
minimum. If China is to advise peace, it <B>should</B> first abandon
its policy of <B>"What I see as mine is mine and we'll share what is
yours"</B>
India could do well if it initiates good steps to revert brain-drain,
at least in the areas concerning National Security.

from:  Sivasathivel Kandasamy
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 17:59 IST

China seemed to be threatened of India. What about China's ambitions?
What is their military expenditure? Only a powerful neighbor can tame
the China's ambition to act as a daddy in Asia.

China is taking over India in the Indian ocean,building dam on Brahmaputra,dumping goods,wants Arunachal,Supporting Pakistan,
Deterring India to enter Myanmar and Vietnam for oil and gas. So how
should India respond.

Its time China understands that if they are future's top economy
,India will be the 2nd.

India needs to secure its strategic interests to have a future.

from:  Gaurav Kumar
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 17:32 IST

The same is applicable to China as well. In recent times China is
commenting heavily on Indian affairs. The dispute over South China Sea
should be solved amicably.

from:  Abhilash Rajan
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 17:13 IST

this edifices how keenly china is watching India and china is
capturing every minute details of indian society.. for example,, china
is trying to portrait Telangana Movement as seperatist movement than
movement for separate state. We dont know when our junta wake up and
work towards containing china instead of blame game for the current
situation. strong leadership is required and now the situation is more
of military than political.. since china is now politically and
economically powerhouse. Hence, we listen to our defence forces, who
must have their final say on what to do to contain china... which is
only answer for thousand questions on CHINA.

from:  syam
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 17:01 IST

Wow, So we r moving in the right direction then, I remember in my youth in 1977 the soviets were negotiating with the americans and publishing in prestorika similar like this for to stop the tomahawk cruise missile program, which is still a deadly weapon in war. Its better for china to re consider its policy on India than thinking as it as an extension of Tibet. but i value a peaceful neighbour on our borders, for military build up disrupts the lives of locals extensively.

from:  yeshna muzaffir
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 15:39 IST

the communist party of China understands brute power only as they are
original exponents of such tools in statecraft.India is doing an
excellent job in modernising its rocket forces& should continue in the
forseeable future.In this manner detterence will be achieved vis a vis
hostile assertive powers in our neighbourhood especially China. the next
step after AGNI 5 is to bring a similar SLBM for our ARIHANT class of
submarines.this will ensure modification of the CCP in its policies
towards our homeland.

from:  devindra sethi
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 15:30 IST

It is very strange that China sitting pretty on huge arms pile is advocating peace to India which has never been offensive to any country and follows a self dicipline of no fisrt use of nuclear weapons.

China shall demonstrate true freindship with india by shedding false claims over indian territories and agree to genuine indian commercial interests in Indian ocean and elswhere.

from:  Jaya
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 15:28 IST

I think China is tounting to USA...India is just the mediator. Pergaps, we should't bother never bother coz there is no budy listens to China :). If we shout the world will support us rather than China... :) Get lost CHINA.

from:  amol
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 12:38 IST

Thanx for your piece of mind Mr Zi Mo, but i think it would be worth cleaning ur backyard first and than talk about neighbors.

from:  Prem
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 10:55 IST

I have read many a time articles written by Chinese criticizing India's moves whether it may be military or related to business. But, why can't h they notice similar activities being carried out by China and same things happening in their country. Chinese military expenditure is higher than India's expenditure in the same. Similarly, there was hue and cry from Chinese over Oil exploration activities by ONGC Videsh but they can carry out activities in POK.

from:  Bharath Velishala
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 10:22 IST

Zo Mo's article reflects the perception of the Chinese apprehensions
over India's emergence as a super power and therefore relevant to be
taken seriously. It is ironical that Chinese spending three times that
of India for defense should wonder why India is stepping up its
military strengths. Zo Mo goes to the length of advising India to
concentrate more on friendly ties with neighboring countries than
spending on defense - Satan is preaching Bible. India cannot forget
history; the Chinese aggression in 1962 without provocation was
outrageous and they cannot be trusted. With the kind of changes in
leadership in the neighboring countries, power equations and
relationships can change overnight. India needs to be in a position of
strength not only to thwart external threats but also have honorable
and friendly relations with the neighbors, even as China already is.
China is advised not to interfere with others’ internal matters and
honor the international commitment to peacefully coexist.

from:  M.R.Sampath
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 10:21 IST

"Peace is always a good policy" Panchasilla is even better between the promoters and active advocates. China should show big commitment to the Peace amongst neighours. Then things may be better.
Let us live by example.

from:  Ganesh C. Bhuyan
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 08:20 IST
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