Former Indian Prime Minister, Vajpayee’s assistant, Sudhindra Kulkani, in India’s Scroll website October 30, originally titled: “Beijing’s Aspirations”
China’s Xi Jinping will usher in a new world order and India should be on good terms with him. The world will be changing faster after the just concluded 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China.
(Our understanding of) the pace and direction of change needs to be updated, as originally predicted by Napoleon : China is a sleeping giant, once awake, it will shock the world”. China has woken up and the world has begun to tak enotice as never before. Many Indians do not want to admit, do not try to understand this historic phenomenon, but in the next few years, our Northern neighbor’s stature will undoubtedly rise higher.
Xi Jinping led China is about to become the world’s most powerful country. Except for military power, China has surpassed United States in many (other) aspects of national strength. Military build up and strength is no longer the top measure of the status of a State in the world today.
The reason for decline of the United States and rise of China lies in the quality of political leadership. In the eyes of most observers in today’s world politics, Xi Jinping towers above Trump. The current phase of globalization requires leaders of the great powers to possess global vision and global commitment. The isolationist Trump has became an embarrassing symbol of an AMerica mired in internal dissensions and debate. The American people are confused about the future of the country, and Europe is confused about its position in the new global order. In contrast, the world witnessed Xi’s speech of the Communist Party of China, and his confidence in China’s future, putting forward the goal of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and the concept of a credible road map to the “China Dream”.
Unlike in India, in China the time span of 10 to 15 years of planning are considered short-term. The Chinese leader is more worthy of the international community than any other political figure. He is convincing in his talk about maintaining world peace and stability and reaffirming China’s commitment to globalization. He is a leader who combines strength with sagacity.
Separately, within China, poverty eradication is a key task. China will mobilize party and government institutions, corporate wealth and new technology, to accomplish this objective. India’s political and intellectual elite needs to seriously study the results of China’s 19th Party Congress. The writer sums it all up in five points:
First, we should strive to achieve national unity, political consensus, leadership and a policy of continuity across a wide range, as well as long-term vision, overall planning and effective implementation. These are the secrets of China’s extraordinary success.
Second, India has a lot to learn from China in its “poverty eradication” campaign.
Third, in the fight against corruption, Modi is far lbehind China. Since 2013, several Party and government officials in China have been punished, including “tigers” and “flies”.
Fourth, India should immediately join China’s ambitious “Belt Road Initiative”. Modi’s boycott of the initiative is short-sighted because all of our neighbors and many big powers have joined.
Fifth, China and India should establish strategic mutual trust, so that cooperation between the two countries can broaden and deepen. Most importantly, India should be well disposed towards the new China, because such friendship would be mutually beneficial but also because many countries in the world are willing to do so.