China’s “peaceful rise” rhetoric has now shown its true color!
The future peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific will largely be contingent on how China-India relations evolve in the post-pandemic era.
The entire world actually wants to know how COVID-19’s global war against human civilization was unleashed. Never before in history, such a war involving the entire globe and engulfing people with fear and death was witnessed in terms of the speed of the spread of the virus.
Like all wars, the war against Covid-19 would come to an end. However, will the US remain as the world leader? Will the US-led liberal order survive?
Self-interest is the primary driving force, and this would continue to shape the Post-COVID international order.
Not many social scientists are concerned about the war between humans and non-humans. The plants, animals, microorganisms, mountain ranges, rivers, oceans, winds, and even space are so crucial for human habitation and survival, yet human beings have been waging wars of various kinds for ages.
When India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh recently hinted that India could opt for “first use” nuclear doctrine depending upon circumstances in future, there was hardly any strong reaction against it either within India or abroad. The reason is not hard to discover. Many champions of nuclear proliferation and even other nuclear weapon powers are not in a position to moralize and advise India against it.
One would not be surprised if Japan in-not-so-distant future changes its age-old stance on nuclear disarmament and opts for the nuclear option due to changing strategic landscape in the emerging global nuclear order. China’s assertiveness, unresolved Russia-Japan territorial disputes, growing rift in Japan-South Korea strategic understanding, increasing threats from a nuclear North Korea and new questions about the reliability of the US nuclear umbrella may induce Japan to exercise its nuclear option.
What India would expect from a strategic partner like the United States is a commitment not to back a state that sponsors terrorism, particularly a state that brags about its nuclear capability and brandishes its nuclear power even unprovoked?
in the backdrop of China’s appearance as a very authoritative naval power in the Indo-Pacific, Chinese claim of sovereignty over a large chunk of South China Sea and belligerent construction of military facilities in some islands, powerlessness of the United States to prevent China from doing so and at the same time rising incidents of Cold Confrontations between the United States and China.