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(Opinion) From 'Nimbysm' to 'Cimbusm: an Indo-Centric Perspective on Rise of Communist China

2014-12-29 09:01:35       source:Eurasia Review

By Sourabh Jyoti Sharma

December 28, 2014

"Founded in 1949, Communist China under its Supreme leader Mao Zedong gave the 'Chinese dream' of becoming a numero uno Great Power in global power politics. China under Mao charted a different way-unlike erstwhile Soviet Russia-which came to be known as 'communism with Chinese characteristics', and which rattled the Kremlin and soon began a Sino-Soviet rivalry over many issues, especially the border demarcation issue.

India, which had gained independence two years before, became the first State outside the communist/socialist bloc to recognize the new regime in Beijing. But true to its undemocratic and hegemonistic nature, Communist China never reciprocated India's goodwill gesture and instead got a 'strategically blinded' PM Nehru into signing the famous Panchsheel Treaty. This was a brilliant masterstroke by Chinese Premiere Zhou-en-Lai, with China getting India to agree on the Tibet issue as an internal matter of China with the principle of the Treaty i.e. mutual non-interference in each other's internal affairs. Citing this, China attacked Tibet and forcibly annexed it in 1959 overthrowing the traditional regime of the Dalai Lama. India gave shelter to the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetan refugees in India, which made China furious."

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