Recommended Policy Toward China
10. In the changed, geopolitical economic and nuclear milieu, India requires to reorient its foreign policy towards China. One possible option policy is stated in the subsequent paragraph.
1. Nuclear Issue. India and China are two nuclear powers which have the maximum common interests on a host of international issues, including nuclear weapons. Both these nations are against any kind of nuclear blackmail in the international arena and both agree on the ‘total elimination of nuclear weapons’ as their ultimate goal. However, right now they are destined to be at odds on these very issues. The basic reason for this, of course, is that now China sees itself as a part of the global “nuclear haves” by virtue of its membership in the exclusive N5 club. Here India has to challenge this and prove that India’s nuclear position is a valid, if not superior to that of China. Further, India is also a nation of one billion people, which can independently formulate its foreign policy. Moreover, till now, India has not been a party to any for the unequal nuclear regime anti has not violated any international treaty.
2. Any signal from the Chinese side to revive normal relations must be taken seriously and reciprocated in all sincerity. However, there is no need to project that India is overtly keen to push for normalisation, as this can be interpreted as weakness and succumbing to pressur from the Western powers, especially the USA. Such a posture is not going to help India in the future. Adequate importance must be given to include the nuclear issue on the agenda of any future bilateral talks. An immediate positive response cannot be expected under the current international situation. Yet it will be useful to make the Chinese understand the necessity of such a dialogue. In his context, India’s willingness to sign the CTBT must be reconsidered and calibrated properly. If India were to sign the treaty without adequate...