Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : M.K.Bhadrakumar and translated by Wang Beizhe Page No. : NA
URL : http://www.jdqu.com/read-617918-6.html

 

The Sri Lankan government has cleared one more Chinese project – the expressway linking the southern port city of Hambantota with Matara. At the ceremony, marking the launch of the new project on Saturday, President Maithripala Sirisena mentioned China as a “very close friend”. He vowed to work with China to “further strengthen” the ties between the two countries and promised continuity with the previous government’s policies. To be sure, the developments in Sri Lanka must come as a morality play for the Indian foreign and security policy establishment. Indeed, the right-wing Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (which mentored the NarendraModi government’s Sri Lanka policy from behind the scenes) must be feeling shell-shocked.

 

It will be good fun to read a commentary again on the implications of the “regime change” in Sri Lanka. Last January, a feature on the website of the Vivekananda Foundation said, “More than anything else… Sirisena will have to recalibrate Colombo’s equations with Beijing. Over the past half a decade, Rajapaksa had deftly used the Chinese card against India.”Evidently, Sirisena has a mind of his own. Sri Lanka has no intentions to curb its relations with China in deference to Delhi’s wishes. The point is, China-funded projects in Sri Lanka created over a hundred thousand jobs during the past 5-year period. It appears that 90 percent of the labor force in the Chinese-funded projects consisted of the local youth, many of whom have been trained by the Chinese companies to handle new technology.

 

Be that as it may, another report coming in from Pakistan is even more of an embarrassment for the Modi government than Sirisena’s China policies.

Delhi has let known that it is displeased with the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The Chinese company is joining hands with a member of the World Bank group to fund power projects in Pakistan. What can Delhi do now? Trickier than the above two unhappy instances is going to be the latest Chinese proposal for building an Economic Corridor from Tibet to India via Nepal. It is one of those “win-win” projects that Delhi will have difficulty to stonewall. Of course, given the Chinese diplomatic ingenuity, it is entirely conceivable that there will be downstream “win-win” proposals at some point to have the Tibet-Nepal-India Economic Corridor extended to Bhutan and Bangladesh as well.

 

Oh, these Chinese and their “win-win” projects in South Asia! The Modi government’s South Asian diplomacy is landing in a cul-de-sac. Its twin-objective has been to get Beijing to tacitly accept the South Asian region as India’s “sphere of influence” and, secondly, to dissuade India’s small neighbors from cozying up to China. China is ignoring the Indian entreaties, while the small South Asian countries apparently love to hold the Chinese hand. India’s retaliatory steps so far – new defense pact with the US, strengthening of US-Japan-India trilateral forum and so on – do not appear to impress the Chinese. If anything, they might be inspiring Beijing to conjure up all-the-more seductive “win-win” projects in the South Asian region.

 

A face-saving exit route for India’s diplomacy seems to be to join China’s “win-win” projects and to influence them from within. Wasn’t it Abraham Lincoln who said – ‘The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend’?

 

 

北京“双赢”外交让印度烦恼

 

香港亚洲时报在线7月6日文章,原题:中国的“双赢”外交惹恼印度斯里兰卡政府又批准一个中国项目——连接汉班托塔与马塔拉的高速路。上周末的启动仪式上,总统迈特里帕拉·西里塞纳说,中国是“很亲密的朋友”,誓言加强两国关系,承诺延续上届政府政策。无疑,这对印度外交和安全政策部门是个教训。指导莫迪政府对斯政策的右翼一定感到震惊。

再来读读1月份一篇评论斯“政权更迭”意义的文章,不禁令人好笑,“过去5年来,拉贾帕克萨巧妙地对印度打中国牌。西里塞纳承诺重估以前的政策……必将调整科伦坡与北京的关系。”显然,如今新总统有自己的考虑,无意顺从德里降格与北京的关系。关键在于,过去5年来,中国提供融资的项目在斯创造数十万就业。90%的工人是当地年轻人,他们中许多人接受中国企业的技术培训。

与斯里兰卡相比,巴基斯坦的对华政策更让莫迪政府尴尬。德里对中巴经济走廊建设不悦。但中国公司与世行成员国为项目提供资金。德里又能做什么?更棘手的是,最近中国人提出建设一条从西藏经尼泊尔到印度的经济走廊。这更属于德里难以阻挡的“双赢”项目。考虑到中国人的外交才智,完全可以想象今后某个时候还会有更多“双赢”提议,将这条经济走廊扩至不丹孟加拉国

噢,这些中国人和他们在南亚的“双赢”项目!莫迪的南亚外交如今走入死胡同。其两大目标原是,让北京默认南亚是印度“地盘”;游说小邻国不要讨好中国。但北京忽视了德里的请求,而南亚小国显然乐于同中国人握手。迄今,印度的报复举措——与美国签订新防务协定、加强美日印论坛等等,都未能触动中国人。若说有什么影响,它们可能促使北京在南亚推出更具吸引力的“双赢”项目。

对印度外交来说,挽回面子的一个出路是加入北京的“双赢”项目,从内部施加影响。林肯不是说过吗,“消灭敌人最好的办法是把敌人变成朋友。”▲(作者M·K·巴德哈库马,汪北哲译)

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