Theories of Sino-India war far-fetched, says ex-Army chief

Gen JJ Singh

According to former Army Chief and the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Gen J J Singh, China is no longer an enemy of India and the theories predicting a Sino-India War are far from reality.

Lecturing on 'Sino-Indian Relations' at Panjab University, he denied any war-like situation between India and China in the future saying, "Earlier, there was an analysis by some theorists who predicted a war between India and China after the Beijing Olympics. After that time passed away peacefully, another prediction by such theorists foresaw a Sino- Indian war in 2012 and now they are predicting one by 2020. No modern war can be fought unless it's thought about in its entirety and more importantly, only if the initiator is convinced of a win. Further, to start a nuclear war in today's era would be a folly. "

He also stressed that the ever-increasing bilateral trade between the countries has overtaken the enemity of the past, saying, "Such theories are merely a result of the trust-deficit mindset of the generations which have witnesssed the two Sino-India wars. But today, India and China are at a level playing field, if not on an equal footing with each other. There are some differences but the predominant view is of constructive development."

"India today is not the India of 1962 and similarly, China today is not the China of 1962. It has realised that India has grown and can't be neglected. Moreover, one must remember that strength begets respect," added the former Army Chief. On being questioned about the Tibetans coming to India in huge numbers annually, he said, "India has always been following an inclusive approach towards refugees but I believe that they should not misuse the liberty given to them. "

When asked to comment on the VVIP Chopper Deal unearthed recently, he refused, saying that he was not the right person to make a comment on the issue.

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