Like our Facebook Page

Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
Breaking News :   Youth earlier lured towards militancy surrendering arms, Pak proxies in tizzy | Old age pensioners wander for whole day as Social Welfare Deptt did not collect files | Electing CEC Leh is difficult task for BJP | Mehbooba makes ‘indirect’ attack on Omar | Kashmir under scanner for human trafficking! | Candidates allege irregularity in PhD admissions in BGSBU | Other states, UTs have laws to protect their land, why not J-K: Omar | COVID-19 recovery rate in JK reaches 91% as 588 more patients get discharged, 551 new cases | 'PDP office in Srinagar sealed,' says Mehbooba Mufti; asks 'Is this definition of normalcy' | Munish Gupta asks government to step in & solve problems of residents | Advisor Baseer Khan takes stock of public issues, demands | Safai Karamchari union holds protest against JMC | Blocking info unacceptable | From Accession to Integration | Let the people decide who has distorted history | LG Mathur flags off Ultimate Ladakh Cycling challenge rally | DKSC hails center’s bold decision on new Land law | Citizen Forum welcomes new land law | Secretary (Power), CMD NHPC visit Salal Power Station | AAP greets nation on occasion of Eid-e-Milad | KVK-Leh offers expertise, Polysheet to Farmers’ club | Shiv Sena demands ban on private practice of Govt doctors | Jammu Youth setting examples of ‘Atam Nirbhata’: Zorawar | JKSWDC organizes awareness camp | District Level Sub-Junior Boys Speedball Competition concludes | Pakistan army violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch | Govt constitutes Committee for selection of president, members for State & District Disputes Redressal Commissions | Accused of 2016 grenade attack in Poonch still at large | BJP worker shot dead, two others injured in Kulgam | BJP sets ball rolling for Panchayat polls, Cong to take call after notification | KP community betrayed, ban on sale of land until Pandits are rehabilitated, says KP body | Raids by NIA continues for second day in Kashmir | Lack of funds hit construction of maternity-cum-child care hospital in Kangan | Div Com Jammu reviews progress on Health sector projects | Gole Mela stretch develops pits after few days of repair | Navin stresses for creating awareness among masses about beneficiary oriented schemes | JKEJAC holds protest against SRO-324 | Land donors of PHE Deptt demand regularization | Traffic Police launch drive against violators | Advisor Bhatnagar reviews progress of implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in J&K | Man shot dead after fight over borrowed money in Kathua | Crime Branch Jammu arrests absconder after 18 yrs | Fire at Jammu airport damages ticket counters | Court appoints former District Judge as receiver to conduct election of CCI | Two out of five Srinagar residents have Covid-19 antibodies, sero-survey shows | TRF militant arrested with 2 grenades in Pulwama | Civil Society Group welcomes new land laws | Lineman dies of electrocution in Poonch | Seven gamblers arrested | BJP Sarpanch criticizes Jammu Admin for adding, deducting Panchayats | LIC Employees condemn change of base year of CPI | DDC Ramban resolves bottlenecks impeding progress, reviews maintenance of road, pace of work | Centre must leave Legislative work for UT legislature: Harsh | 'Demands settlement as per JPC report' | PDP, Congress assertion linking land laws to crime absurd, misleading: Kavinder | JKNPP hold massive protest against New Land Law | Paper cup, plate manufacturing unit established | Don't take Jammu for granted, preserve our rights: JKAP on new Land Laws | Online webinar on winter weather patterns, experiences, initiative organized | Four day DSEJ's workshop on ECCE concludes | All who oppose Modi Sarkar are not disgruntled elements, TMF tells Dr Jitendra | JKTA delegation calls on CEO Jammu | ICAI launches "WE CARE"- an initiative of ICAI for senior Chartered Accountants | Back Issues  
news details
Will Xi Jinping Relent
10/1/2020 12:28:09 AM

Brig Anil Gupta

The 14-hour marathon military commanders’ level meeting, first after the 5-point consensus at Moscow, has once again ended with all indicators pointing towards stalemate. India on its part is buoyed with the brilliant pre-emptive tactical actions on 29-30 August leading to gaining control of dominating tactical features on our side of Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the southern bank of Pangong Tso. This was followed by readjustments of defences on the northern bank gaining domination over the Fingers area where the Chinese have transgressed and are unwilling to restore status quo ante bellum. The brilliant manoeuvres of the Indian Army have empowered the Indian negotiators to negotiate from a position of strength, though China through its mouthpiece Global Times and other state owned/controlled media remains in constant denial mode and blaming India instead for the current military stand-off. Despite the Chinese claim, Xi Jinping, the Chinese strongman, is acknowledged globally as the aggressor in pursuance of his cherished dream of becoming the strongest and the most powerful world leader.
Indian stand so far has been determined, consistent and firm. India has out rightly rejected the Chinese suggestion of “meeting half-way.” India rightly insists on its demand of “first-in, first-out,” considering the fact that it were the PLA troops who have violated the established agreements and protocols and made multi-pronged transgression in our territory in Eastern Ladakh in early May. PLA is also guilty of not adhering to the decisions arrived at first Corps Commander meeting on 5 June for de-escalation and dis-engagement leading to the ugly clashes at Galwan. The Galwan clashes resulting in fatalities on both sides raised hackles to realise that it was a well-planned cartographic aggression by the Chinese with express consent of Central Military Commission (CMC) led by Xi Jinping. The obstinate attitude displayed by the Chinese thereafter proves beyond doubt that the final decision will also be taken by none other than Xi Jinping whose “China Dream” and personal ambition is at stake.
Xi Jinping is a career politician privileged to have been born with a “Red Spoon” in his mouth. His father, Xi Zhongxun, was ‘Red royalty’- a hero of the Communist revolution who later fell out with Mao Zedong, according to Ananth Krishnan-an acknowledged China-watcher. After purging of his father, he was shifted to rural China from the privileged living in Central Beijing, the area earmarked for the then Chinese elite. His struggle thereafter to enter the youth wing of the Communist party and the final acceptance into the Party is well documented and an example of focussed determination, perseverance and hardship. Despite being born with a Red Spoon he was not parachuted to the top and had to struggle his way through at every stage. His initial background and subsequent struggle for rise to power has made him ambitious and adamant.
Xi took over the reins of the party when it was in disarray. He therefore began to consolidate his power and gradually became all powerful through complete centralisation of authority. He brought to end the “collective leadership” system in the Communist Party of China (CPC). He not only managed to gain hold of all the top three posts in China but also had a resolution passed for abolishing president’s term limit, enabling him to rule indefinitely. This act of his has not gone down well with the young and aspiring leaders within CPC who see a dark future for them with bleak chances of rising to the top. Like all authoritarian leaders Xi also has a fair number of dissidents and domestic opponents.
During his consolidation of power amongst other things he has relied a lot upon emphasis on ideology and nationalism. He believes that communist ideology must prevail upon everything else among the Chinese populace. The “3 W” strategy enunciated for the PLA is aimed at promoting and ensuring compliance of the ideology. PLA as is well known is not a national army but Army of the CPC. Moreover, his reliance on the indoctrinated cadre of United Front Work Department over career diplomats while appointing ambassadors to South Asian and other target countries indicates his preference for ideology over diplomacy to carry forward his pet Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project. He has also given a new image of aggressiveness and assertiveness to the Chinese diplomacy through “Wolf Warrior” diplomats. He wants to be recognised as the most powerful Chinese leader by challenging the supremacy of the American President popularly termed POTUS.
To fulfil his ambition and imbibe nationalism he has announced his roadmap in what is referred to as “China Dream.” “President Xi’s dream is of a stronger nation with a strong military,” according to Liu Mingfu, a retired Chinese colonel and author. The underlying idea behind China Dream is to restore the ex- Middle Kingdom’s glory and regain the Chinese supremacy through expansionism. It is also aimed at minimising internal dissension through national unity. Xi’s ambition is to make China not only stronger but assertive as well.
2020 is a very critical year for Xi Jinping. In his roadmap for realising the China Dream by 2049, the centenary year of the People’s Republic of China, there are two intermediary goalposts in 2021 and 2025. 2020 is the launch pad for 2021, the 100th anniversary of the CPC. Xi had promised the nation that by 2020 he would ensure poverty relief through bringing all Chinese above the poverty line and strengthen national defence and Chinese armed forces. The Chinese economy had begun to show a downward trend in 2019 itself when China’s growth dropped to its slowest pace in nearly three decades. With the outbreak of Covid pandemic Xi was certain that he would not be able to meet his promised economic targets in 2020. Despite the bold face being put by China, it is certain that the Chinese economy is undergoing a crisis. The banking system is the worst effected with growing unemployment and disrupted global supply chains adding to the pressure.
The centralisation works well as long as the going is good. But in times of crisis many dissenting voices rise to the fore. Xi Jinping is now facing a similar situation at home. As is evident nothing moves in China without his approval or consent. He has obviously failed to meet his promised economic targets to remove poverty and is facing huge challenge to his authority. Any pull back at this time by the PLA troops will be viewed as a defeat for China thus negating his second goalpost as well of a stronger military. Can Xi Jinping at this juncture afford to take this risk and relent? That is why the Chinese media is talking of a ‘long haul’ through the winters. Xi’s calculation is based on the premise that a prolonged deployment would affect Indian economy more than the Chinese. He is mistaken. India stands unitedly to safeguard her territorial integrity and would not yield till China vacates from the transgressed areas. On the other hand he is faced with growing dissension at home.
Despite the propaganda unleashed by the state controlled media of the invincibility of the PLA forces, Xi is uncertain of an assured victory. Even a stalemate would be viewed as an Indian victory and the Chinese failure. There is no dearth of dissenters at home waiting for Xi’s failure and ensure that he doesn’t get a second chance. Xi is faced with a dilemma of relent or retreat? Knowing the ambitious persona of Xi, he is unlikely to yield ground to his dissenters so easily. Rather than being forced to resign he would prefer to relent at an opportune time and order PLA to vacate. How and when is a matter of negotiations and timing? Meanwhile, India should not dither under any circumstances.
Xi Jinping is not likely to accept defeat easily because it would hurt his image and ambition to join the all- time greats like Mao and Deng. Xi may relent in the instant case but he would most likely rebound at a suitable time. India can ill afford to let down the guard and strengthening of its armed forces. It has to prepare for an inevitable war with China, may be closer to 2025, unless it is able to create a credible deterrence by then.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
Early Times Android App
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
Train Enquiry
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center