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You Cant Contain China Without India

Updated on December 27, 2017

Battle in SE Asia

The US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in a recent address to a conclave at Singapore brought home the fact that by 2020 the US would be transferring 80% of its fleet to the Asia Pacific region. Leon Panetta is credited with the view that China can be contained only by the USA and this view is accepted by Japan, S Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Leon Panetta is also aware that the USA alone cannot contain resurgent China which is building as many as 20 aircraft carriers. He needs the help of India which is facing a border problem with China. Panetta is no stranger to India having traveled to New Delhi many times when he was the CIA director.

India indispensable

In this background the coming visit of Leon Panetta to New Delhi is significant. India can tie up an immense number of Chinese troops in Tibet where their hold is tenuous with the Tibet people openly hostile to the Chinese occupation. This is the Achilles heel of China and India actions here will go a long way in containing China. In addition, the India Navy is the only navy which has an aircraft carrier and a nuclear submarine to counter China in the arc of SE Asia. Thus India’s role in contains China cannot be minimized.

India also has excellent relations with Vietnam where it is helping out with oil exploration in the South China Sea and the Philippines, whose President was the chief guest at the Military parade on republic day this year. In Asia the only counterpoise to China is India and the USA will be looking for enhanced cooperation with India in the defense field in the years to come.

Key Player

The problem of China cannot be wished away, perhaps it can be contained but the problem will remain till the communist party is overthrown in China. It happened in Russia and there is every reason it will happen in China. Till then the USA will have to deter China from any foolish adventure and in their calculations, India is a key player


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    • pramodgokhale profile image


      6 years ago from Pune( India)

      Every county protect her national interests first and always on priority

      basis.India should not be used as workhorse against China.US and China, both are strangers for us and surrounded by hostile small nations India has to settle issues with such troubled and rogue nations.

      China stabbed in back, such emotional issues has no place in global politics.Strength respects strength and not weaklings ( statement by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam)

      If situation goes to a flashpoint then India has to handle these two giants

      and make sure that we deal both by strong will and with economic and military muscle.

    • CloudExplorer profile image

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Great hub about the urgent global rise of China as well as potential threats their military poses, and the true fact that they may pose a threat to many other nations from around the globe today.

      Maybe India & the US can help if things were to get out of hand, but I think it will take global unity to extinguish any form of animosity or Communism there itself.

      If there is something to come about it the near future, due to the communism that exists there in China, I'm pretty sure the world super powers will fuse together to take care of it, but lets hope and pray everything is handled smoothly, and peacefully if in fact such a thing were to jump off.

      Human life is of the utmost importance and every human being counts for something today, so the potential loss of life would be a catastrophe, and unrighteous if any were to result from tensions getting any worse. I'm all for peace talks, and things being handled in a diplomatic manner as opposed to fighting or wars.

      Great hub here, keep up the awesome job your doing on hubpages, oh and thanks for the follow.

    • rahul0324 profile image

      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I agree with your hub and ATA over here! Great hub!

      Indian activities on the front With China and its amiable relations with Vietnam.. render it a fair deal of superiority diplomatically !

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      James Kenny 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      A very interesting and thought provoking hub, it seems that most people agree that sometime in the future, China and the US will wage war against one another. I, for one agree with Mazio I hope to God that this does not happen.

    • MazioCreate profile image


      6 years ago from Brisbane Queensland Australia

      An interesting hub with far reaching implications. It would be hoped that diplomacy will win over the day and not ammunition. Voted up!

    • maxoxam41 profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      America is already trying to destabilize China at its Indian-Chinese border. However India, if it decides to be enemy with China, should think twice since it is bordered by Pakistan (its mortal enemy), Bangladesh (poor enough to be corrupted)and Nepal (communist). China would be the winner.

      Furthermore shall I remind you that not only China and India belong to the BRIC but history taught us that economical interests prevail over political alliances.

    • ata1515 profile image


      6 years ago from Buffalo, New York.

      Indian-American relations should be the centerpiece of American foreign relations given how supportive India could be in any future war in Asia. Great hub, voted up and shared.


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