PacificSentinel: The following story by a Chinese Paper is riddled with Chinese Propaganda, but it's a good piece of insight into the way the Chinese think.
by Xinhua writer Luo Jun
BEIJING, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Behind the ongoing border standoff caused by Indian troops' trespass into Chinese territory, is an ill-conceived notion of dragon-elephant rivalry that has grown into a major global topic.
Where does the confrontational idea come from?
The China-India comparison emerged as early as in the 2000s, and was elaborated by scholars and media from the United States and Britain.
The book "The Dragon and the Elephant: China, India and the New World Order", written by Sunday Times journalist David Smith, formally presented the idea to the world. The Financial Times even has a special page for "dragon-elephant rivalry."
It is fair to say that the concept of China and India being nemeses to each other was cooked by the West, a smart move, pitting the two biggest future competitors of the West against each other.
So who stands to win from a possible India-China war?
At least no one in Asia. Obviously the two would pay a heavy price first of all. Even Japan, the U.S. ally who relies heavily on the Chinese market, would suffer an economic blow, which could turn into a domestic crisis.
Most economies, including those in the West, will find themselves negatively affected by an India-China war in a globalized and intertwined world today.
The only beneficiaries, sadly, will be opportunists, short-sighted nationalist politicians who don't really have the people's interests in heart. And the dream of an Asian century would become a puff of wind.
Read the full story at Xinhua
PacificSentinel: If you haven't already, you should give the below stories a read for India's side to the stand-off and China's reaction.
- China’s Trijunction Action a Threat to India, Says Foreign Minister
- Chinese Army Mobilizes Military Assets to Tibet Following Live Fire Drills
- India FM - China, India Should Withdraw Troops From Doklam Plateau
- China Holds Live Fire Drills in Tibet to Practice Invading India
- Indian Government Reveals Its Stance on China Standoff to Opposition MPs