Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mirror, Mirror: If they treated India like Taiwan

I was reading this BBC article on how China is making noises about the Indian territory of Arunachal Pradesh because the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, visited the state earlier in October. Suddenly, as I read, a random transporter beam caused by a failure in the neutrino displacement grid due to a flux distortion storm bouncing off a resonating FTL damper, flung me into an alternate universe where every nation around China was treated like Taiwan. Ignoring the scantily clad paan girls in brighty-lit glass booths lining the streets, I made my way to the nearest सात-ग्यारह where a clerk with a neatly-trimmed goatee sold me a paper with this story....

China ire over India border visit

China has strongly criticised a visit by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the north-east Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, currently administered by India, saying that India had ignored its concerns and that Singh was "gambling with the interests of his compatriots."

China claims Arunachal Pradesh, which split from China in 1951 following China's liberation of Tibet. The territory has been governed separately ever since.

On Tuesday US State Department officials warned India that it was "unnecessarily" provoking China. The US remained silent on what India claimed was a large-scale military buildup across the border.

Trade between India and China has reached all time highs amid warming relations, but tensions remain. Longtime Asian affairs commentator Tom Plate observed that for China, "Arunachal Pradesh is the last piece of the puzzle" and praised Hu Jin-tao for being a "suave, gentlemanly leader." A leading business association in New Delhi said that Manmohan Singh was a "radical" whose failure to pursue closer business links with China had led the economy to crash in the last few years. "It's time to shelve these senseless disputes over sovereignty, which everyone knows Singh only does to get elected, because if we only move closer to China, our economy will boom."

Chinese officials said that the government was mulling an Ante Succession law, which would give it the legal right to attack any government of any territory which at any time status quo ante, may have succeeded to ownership of a territory now governed by a state that once sent a mission to Beijing. Stocks were mixed in reaction to the proposed law.
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PS said...

Stocks were mixed in reaction to the proposed law.


Dan tdaxp said...

China and India directly dispute each other over sovereignty of that state, though India also (IIRC) does not recognize Chinese sovereignty over Tibet, either. Given India's history of territorial expansionism [1], its natural that her neighbors will be nervous.


iroiro said...

some papers more about this:
many say that the end of the world is for 2012 (joke?)

Anonymous said...

now dpp and freddie will invite Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh to visit kaohsiung!

Sean Reilly said...

I loved it, Professor, but you missed the word renegade, which always seems to set the tone of Xinhua-style coverage.

Anonymous said...

"now dpp and freddie will invite Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh to visit kaohsiung!"

And the Taiwan Affairs spokesperson will with serious face on sternly admonish that China's feelings have been hurt (;_;) *sniff*