India notes strategic move by China in Lanka

Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal Arup RahaThe Indian Air Force says China’s investments in Sri Lanka and other south Asian nations were “strategic moves” to contain India.

During an address at the Indian Center for Air Power Studies (CAPS), Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha chief said China’s investments in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and other south Asian nations were “strategic moves” to contain India.

Raha, however, did not deliver the address personally and his speech was read out by Air Marshal KK Nohwar (Retd), according to The Economic Times.

“The world’s highest airport at Daocheng Yading , the highest railway line in Tibet, the development of Gwadar port and the economic corridor through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir being developed right up to the Indian border and increasing economic ties with Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar are strategic moves by China to contain India,” he said in his address.

The IAF chief also brought up the controversial issues of stapled visas given by China to residents of Arunachal Pradesh and border skirmishes between the neighbours, claiming they went against the principles of the Panchsheel agreement.

“Incidents of border standoff in the North, issuance of paper visa to residents of Arunachal Pradesh and claiming of Aksai Chin and part of Arunachal as part of China have diluted the agreement of five principles, Panchsheel, signed way back in 1954,” said Raha.

Raha also touched upon issues of communalism in the country, citing it as an internal threat.

“It is becoming increasingly difficult to separate internal threats to India’s security from external threats. The threat to India’s internal security ranges from communalism to sectarianism to Jihadi terrorism,” he said.

The air chief said Maoism has been the “single biggest threat to India’s internal security”.


  1. India followed the Western political system, even though it fought against the West. India is listening to its enemies to become a superpower. When China Introduced one child policy and expanded its manufacturing sector, India was entertaining Dalai Lama and created Tamil armed groups. India had no idea how the money saved from one child policy and manufacturing sectors will impact South Asia in favor of China. Indian subcontinent has too much divisions based on religion, language and caste. Therefore, it won’t be easy to beat China, unless Chinese Communist Party go crazy as Japan had done in the past. In that case Asia will fail; if China fails. Based on my knowledge, the West would be able to undermine India much easier than China. India must choose a second place and work with China, otherwise a disaster is inevitable in Asia. In any race two competitors can’t come first, someone has to accept the second place.


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