Dragon's belligerence is thus aimed at strategic coercion, be it in the Indo Pacific or the Himalayas. In this context, China's unprecedented incursions in the Himalayas are just the ways with military means for a larger strategic end. The larger aim is stymieing the rise of India as a regional competitor, it's global standing, and symbolic reprisal against its recent domestic, economic and foreign policy initiatives, perceived as inimical to China's national interests and vision. Keeping the LAC dispute alive is thus perceived as leverage by China for its coercive strategy. After the Coronavirus, many countries of the world are quite dubious about the role of China in handling this health emergency. Sometimes it is initiating draconian measures and sometimes hiding information lest it hurt the credibility of the Chinese government. In the circumstances, India should team up with countries like South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Australia and UK who have been vehemently criticizing China regarding this Covid19. India should make sure that China has to eat a humble pie regarding this matter on international platforms. China is the world's biggest navy and wishes to overthrow the US ocean superiority. India's eastern coastline is safe from attack while China's 22,457 km of seaboard is vulnerable, thanks to its hostility with most of the 14 countries on its coastal borders. CNAS notes that the Indian Navy has around 137 ships and submarines, and 291 aircraft. According to the report, the peninsular Indian geography has provided the country to dominate the northern parts of the Indian Ocean, and Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. China dominates the Indian Ocean, with monetary investments for strategic means by upending India's diplomatic big brother attitude. This work is essentially useful for scholars researchers social activists academics government functionaries and the general reader alike.
About the Author:
Dr. Sanjay Singh, Professor of Political Science, higher education, Madhya Pradesh, he has attended a number of conferences and seminars and presented research pa pers. He has several articles to his credit published in reputed magazines and journals.