By Claude Arpi
11 Mar , 2013
A Nepali anaylsyt told AFP “In Tibet, unrest has significantly increased, so Chinese investment in Nepal should be understood in the context of China’s integrity, which is very important for the giant nation.”
…China has built these ports to prepare for a war with India…
He added: “Some Indian analysts repeatedly warn that China has built these ports to prepare for a war with India, it will definitely provide China with an edge but at heart, its goal is to expand the economic opportunity to its workforce and make them loyal to the state.”
From Mao’s time, the Chinese have always spoken of dual use for infrastructure. In Tibet’s Nyingchi prefecture for example, infrastructure has tremendously been developed, with the first objective to accommodate more than 1 million tourists every year. But the same infrastructure can be used in case of conflict with India (Nyingchi is just north of the McMahon Line).
Ditto in Nepal which is fast invaded by China.
In this context, it is interesting to mention an article published by The Hindustan Times on November 11, 1950. The title is “Sardar Patel Exhorts people to stand unitedly to see conditions in Tibet and Nepal and defend their country”. The article quotes Patel in one of his last speech (probably the last in Delhi). His conclusion was “In this kalyug we shall return ahimsa for ahimsa. But if anybody resorted to force against us we shall meet it with force.”
Sardar Patel emphasized that the “internal feud” in Nepal had laid India’s frontiers in the north wide open to outside dangers. It was imperative, therefore, for Indians to be well prepared to meet any challenge that might come from any quarter.