China News: China perceives rising India as ‘rival’; wants to constraint its partnership with US, allies: Report

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WASHINGTON:
China
perceives a
rising
India
as a “rival” and
wants
to constrain
its strategic
partnership
with the
US,
its
allies, and
with other democracies, the State Department said in a report, emphasising that Beijing intends
to displace America
as the world’s foremost power.

Coming ahead of the transition of power from Donald Trump’s administration
to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration after the November 3
US presidential election, the detailed policy document highlights that
China is undermining the security, autonomy and economic interests of many nations in the region.


China
perceives
rising
India
as a rival and seeks
to impel it
to accommodate Beijing’s ambitions by engaging economically while constraining New Delhi’s strategic
partnership
with the
US, Japan, Australia and
its relations
with other democracies,” the report said.


China is undermining the security, autonomy, and economic interests of many others in the region — such
as member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including those in the vital Mekong Region,
as well
as the nations of the Pacific Islands,” the report added.

The 70-page report states that awareness has been growing in the
US – and in nations around the world – that the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has triggered a new era of great-power competition.

“Yet few discern the pattern in
China‘s inroads within every region of the world, much less the specific form of dominance
to which the party aspires,” said the report.

The CCP aims not merely at preeminence within the established world order — an order that is grounded in free and sovereign nation-states, flows from the universal principles on which America was founded, and advances
US national interests —but
to fundamentally revise world order, placing the People’s Republic of
China (PRC) at the center and serving Beijing’s authoritarian goals and hegemonic ambitions.

“In the face of the
China challenge, the
US must secure freedom,” said the report.

China, it said, seeks
to diminish
US influence by fostering a sense in the region’s nations that
China‘s dominance is inevitable.

“Prime targets include
US treaty-based
allies — Japan, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, and the Philippines —
as well
as emerging strategic partners such
as
India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Taiwan,” it said.

The People’s Liberation Army, the report said, recently provoked skirmishes along
its disputed border
with
India, which killed dozens on both sides, and remains in a tense standoff
with
India‘s military.

Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a bitter standoff in several areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh since May 5. The situation deteriorated after the June 15 Galwan Valley clashes in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed and an unconfirmed number of Chinese soldiers died.

The report also highlighted Beijing’s hard relations
with Taiwan, which it claims
as
its territory.

“Beijing menaces democratic Taiwan, which it considers a renegade province, intending
to reunify Taiwan
with the Mainland — by force if necessary. And the PLA Navy and Chinese Coast Guard increasingly challenge Japan’s administrative control of the Senkaku Islands,” it said.

“The Trump administration achieved a fundamental break
with conventional wisdom. It concluded that the CCP’s resolute conduct and self-professed goals require the
US and other countries
to revise assumptions and develop a new strategic doctrine
to address the primacy and magnitude of the
China challenge,” according
to the document.

The report also highlighted the outbreak of contagious coronavirus from
China‘s Wuhan city. The disease has so far infected 56,178, 674 people and killed 1,348,348 others across the world. The
US is the worst affected country.

“The CCP’s recklessness in allowing the novel coronavirus born in Wuhan
to develop into a global pandemic coupled
with the concerted disinformation campaign that Beijing undertook
to conceal
China‘s culpability should put doubts
to rest. Yet many people lack a proper understanding of the character and scope of the
China challenge,” it said.

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