ISLAMABAD -- Center for Global and Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad organized a Webinar titled 'China-India Border Standoff and Strategic Implications for Islamabad' here on Wednesday. The aim of the Webinar was to discuss the recent border tensions between China-India and its impact on regional security and stability.
Major General Syed Khalid Amir Jaffery (Retd), President CGSS commenced the webinar and stated that China has never been an expansionist state and has never followed an aggressive policy. However, India has continued to follow its traditional policy of absorbing territory gradually. They have been doing this to Pakistan and now China. It is clear that China is no longer reluctant to act militarily if its core interests are threatened.
Riaz Khokhar, former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan stated that India came up with new maps, thereby prompting the whole crisis. It has been vocal about not only recovering Azad Kashmir but GB and Aksai Chin as well. India is now projecting itself as a victim and seeks attention from western powers especially the US, as in US there is mounting anti-China sentiment and China is seen as a challenger to its global status.
Victor Zhikai GAO, Chair Professor Soochow University and Vice President, Center for China and Globalization, Beijing, China mentioned the Tonya- Harding syndrome in China-US relations. He stated that the goal of whacking Chinese kneecaps to prevent China's steady rise, is a futile attempt by US. China will be significantly larger and more impactful than US in next few years and US will have to accept this reality. He further said that war is against China's fundamental interests of peace and mutual peaceful coexistence, and India's fundamental interest of industrialization. Moreover, any military escalation will be a drain on resources for both the countries, though more detrimental for India.
Lieutenant General Tariq Waseem Ghazi, HI (M), (Retd), Former...