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Jakarta Post

China’s reliance on hard power and Middle Kingdom trap

  • Sahil Mishra


New Delhi, India   /   Tue, July 28, 2020   /  02:15 pm
China’s reliance on hard power and Middle Kingdom trap This file photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag behind razor wire at a housing compound in Yangisar, south of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. (AFP/Greg Baker )

Observers monitoring the tense standoff between India and China the world over, do not see the military build-up between the two nuclear powers in Ladakh in isolation. In a cyber-connected globe, simmering tensions in the Ladakh and Karakoram ranges are echoing strongly in the South China Sea, the Taiwan straits—in fact across vast swathes of the Indian Ocean and the West Pacific. The ripples driven by prospects of a massive conflict in the high Himalayas, can also be felt in other parts of the global system, including neighboring South Asia, Central Asia, Russia, West Asia and Africa—the core of the global South. Across geographies,  a strong undercurrent of opinion is building up that turbulence in several areas of the globe has been triggered by a single primary source—China, which has decided to embark upon a 360 degree muscle flexing exercise, especially...

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