A special session on the book ‘China’s Strategic Deterrence’ took place here today at lake club as part of the Military Literature Festival which got underway today. The panelists comprised of the author of the book Colonel Anshuman Narang and Major General Amarjit Singh. The discussion was moderated by Lt. Gen. (Retd.) P.K. Singh.The author Colonel Anshuman Narang said that the book covers the Global Territorial Expansion ideology being followed by China to increase its hegemony around the world by building up its deterrence capability to a dangerous extent. He gave a comprehensive overview of the type of deterrence the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) possesses.Colonel Narang further said that China is passionately following the philosophy of Sun Tzu regarding subduing the enemy without a fight and that explains China encircling India by developing friendly relations with Pakistan by helping the latter built up its navy to an extent that Pakistan Navy has become Chinese Navy. Not stopping at this, the Chinese have also given 303 T-59 Tanks to Bangladesh, another country neighbouring India.
Colonel Narang also divulged that sometime ago, Chinese didn’t had the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) capability but the scenario has changed radically now. He also added that adhering to the dictum of the former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger sprucing up one’s own capability, China is increasing surveillance in South China Sea.Elaborating about the territorial ambitions of China, Colonel Narang said that by laying claims on North Eastern Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh besides having eyes on Taiwan and Phillipines, China has clearly demonstrated its intentions of dominating the regions. The increasing economic clout of China is also prompting it to go for following expansionist policies.Coming to another significant aspect, Colonel Narang said that in China, the loyalty towards the Communist party matters more than loyalty towards the country.Another panelist, Major General Amarjit Singh aired his view that the chinese are dreaming of world domination by 2049 apart from vying for strategic space around mainland China which explains why it is laying claims with regard to territories outside the mainland.Moderating the session, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) P.K. Singh said that although following expansionist designs, China still remembers the reverses of 1967 and 1986-87.