Although it’s a bit early to decide, it appears that the new era of Super power struggle is getting shape in Asia. It seems inevitable as two nations with different ideologies, rivaling interests, different diplomatic choices and most importantly unresolved border issues are likely poised to become rivals rather than friends. But for the moments Democratic Republic of India and Communist China are rapidly developing powers in Asia. Despite the fact both India and China are both regional powers, Communist China is certainly much stronger on most terms except its diplomatic stances.
How they compare:
After taking sharp and steep peep into the matter one can tell that both India and China have lot more difference than similarity. On one side it’s India, a nation that is democratic by origin, Peaceful and soft minded by nature; while People’s Republic of China on the other hand started with a violent revolution that over through the ruling power and turned red along with USSR and embraced Communism. China is also known for its hard line militarism and aggressive use of force to get what it wanted. Korean War, Occupation (or conquest) of Tibet and Tiananmen Square Massacre are good examples for Chinese policy to use force to expand and control masses.
Indian and Chinese Economy:
Even in terms of economy India and China are completely different, While Indian economy is based on free market system and Information Technology, China specializes in manufacturing large quantities of cheap products that are sold around the globe with great success. While one must wonder about the quality of products that are “Made in China”, they are however selling in large quantities around the world returning tons of dollars into China. Oops the word dollar remains me something “China is the largest Creditor of USA”, this should give a clear view of Chinese Economy. Indian economy might look smaller for the time being vs Chinese, but India has its own strengths, Indians specialize in IT (Information Technology) or Software product development and related services, while China excels on computer Hardware, Indians are true masters in Software industry. Value and reputation for Indian Software Engineers are such high that once Bill Gates (Owner of Microsoft) said that he will switch his company to India if there was a ban for employing Indians in US companies.
Chinese might have taken the lead in Economic race, but Indians are not far behind.
Armed Forces of India vs China:
When it comes to Military Chinese are far ahead of Indians, having tested Nuclear weapons and Hydrogen bombs, Chinese are far ahead of Indians in almost every single military corners except Aircraft Carriers. India Currently operates 2 Aircraft Carriers and one more is under development. On the other hand Chinese have carriers under development but none at hand as of recent updates. However Chinese armed forces or the People’s armed forces are second to none as China currently ranks NO: 1 as far as number of troops is concern. Despite India’s long standing reputation of being peaceful and Gandhian Ahimsa follower, India ranks No: 2 in armed Forces. Yet Chinese armed forces out number Indian armed forces by 2:1 ratio. But one good factor for India is their army is constantly tested and is mostly battle hardened, as they fought many battles against Pakistan over Kashmir and constantly in the front lines fighting Terrorists to its northern and eastern borders, making Indian troops considerable experience. More over India has little to fear Chinese aggression as neither side will be ready to risk an all out war for both are armed to tooth with Nuclear missiles and all major delivery methods. Recently India also tested its Cruise missile which has a range of more than five thousand (5000) Kilometers, which means it can hit most targets in China including Beijing. Of course China has such missiles long before but this new counter means both should look before they leap.
Diplomatic Policies of India and China:
As far as Diplomacy is concern India has far greater International relations, ranging from US, Russia to Israel, European nations, Japan and Australia. It’s a good start for India, but it has a serious drawback as it is almost surrounded by hostile powers, to the North West ever hostile Pakistan plagues India by constant Terrorism and Military threats, but yet Pakistan is more of nuisance than a serious threat. To east India has more than enough problems with Millions of Chinese soldiers, this stretches the already smaller Indian Army along 2 different fronts. On the other hand China too faces a two front war, as US and Western allies will surely hit hard if China tries anything as stupid as Invading India, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan (Republic of China) as America is bound by treaties to protect all but India in this list, but America cannot afford to lose a strong democratic partner in Asia.
India Vs China Conclusion:
To conclude China leads in almost every single theater but India is not far too behind, making this battle for Asia a serious and interesting one. One good thing is that both nations are careful not to get things too hot as they have much to lose than to gain by fighting a large scale war. Let’s wait and see for more and this blog will is almost dedicated for this epic upcoming Superpower Struggle between India vs China. This article is just an introduction to upcoming posts in this category.