“I think it was a tactical move by the PLA to obtain a stronger toehold… they need supplies in that very inhospitable terrain.” But the “sensational reportage” in the Indian media meant that the Chinese population, particularly its nationalistic younger lot, picked it up. And they want their government not to appear weak.
“I read this morning an article in the Chinese media where they used the term ‘zi xin’. It means self-confidence. The domestic population thinks China needs to be more “self-confident”. I don’t think any Indian newspaper or anyone else would say that China is not being self-confident!” she smiled.
“My concern for the Indian side is that if it waits too long to define its larger strategic view, in terms of what its interests are, the Chinese discourse will dominate the discussion.”
- Speech at 22nd Bengal Chamber Think session, by Lora Saalman, a Phd in Sino-Indian military modernisation and a Beijing-based associate at the Nuclear Policy Program of the American think-tank Carnegie Endowment.
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