China perceives India as ‘rival’, wants to constraint its partnership with America, allies, claims US State Department report

The report also claimed that China intends to displace the US as the world’s foremost power and also highlighted Beijing’s hard relations with Taiwan

Press Trust of India November 19, 2020 20:00:39 IST
China perceives India as ‘rival’, wants to constraint its partnership with America, allies, claims US State Department report

Representational image. AFP

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 3 November 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 5 May. The situation deteriorated after the 15 June 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 5,61,78,674 people and killed 13,48,348 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.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

With China ban some frozen foods, can SARS-CoV-2 survive and be transmitted from packaging?
science

With China ban some frozen foods, can SARS-CoV-2 survive and be transmitted from packaging?

A positive test “doesn’t indicate infectious virus, just that some signal from the virus is present on that surface,” said Andrew Pekosz of Johns Hopkins University’.

China denies weakening sanctions enforcement on North Korea, says more efforts needed to settle issue
World

China denies weakening sanctions enforcement on North Korea, says more efforts needed to settle issue

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that greater attention should be paid to the impact of the sanctions on ordinary North Koreans

Scott Morrison terms Chinese official's tweet with fake photo of Australian soldier 'repugnant', demands apology
World

Scott Morrison terms Chinese official's tweet with fake photo of Australian soldier 'repugnant', demands apology

Morrison sought an apology from the Chinese govt a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, posted the graphic image that shows a soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of a veiled child