China must behave like a super power
China’s self restraint is becoming a joke to the little countries in Asean and they think they can make groundless claims against its territories, arrest Chinese fishing boats and fishermen and China cannot do anything about it. In the view of Asean countries, China is just a paper tiger. Just shout at China, call it a bully and China will quietly back off.
China needs to act like a big power like the Americans, the Israelis or the Japanese. It must be more willing to flex its muscles to hammer the little trouble makers coveting its territories. At the worst, it must act like the Indians as a regional power. In the Indian Ocean, no countries would dare to trifle with the Indians. It will lash out with whatever it got to any adventurers.
The Indians are moving into the South China Sea. It has declared that it is ready to protect its oil interests in South China, an open affront to China’s dispute with Vietnam. The Indian Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi said that India is prepared to act, if necessary, to protect its maritime and economic interests in the region. This is as good as telling China that it will go to war with China. And no one is saying India is escalating tension in the South China Sea. That is how a big power should act and behave to keep the little countries out of its way.
At the moment, if China would to say such a thing, the little countries will scream that China is acting aggressively and the US will join in. China must get use to act like the Indians and soon the little countries will learn to accept it. And China must be prepared to slam them if they misbehave in order for them to behave well.
When asked if India is prepared for it (war with China), the Admiral said, ‘The short answer is yes.’ So what is China going to do about it now that India is stating its claim in the South China Sea?
China can respond by being meek and diplomatic and pretend it did not hear anything. China can react by sailing into the Indian Ocean and declare the same that it is there to protect its interests and is prepared for it.
Would China chicken out and be called an aggressor still, an aggressive power at the same time? Or would China just do it, behave like a super power and wield the stick to keep the hyenas away? Like it or not, it will always be called an aggressive power no matter how submissive it tries to be. It is time to kick asses. If China refuses to do so, it will invite more aggressive manoeuvres from the little countries with the Americans behind them. And India is joining the fray as the point man. More trouble and provocations will come China’s way.