13 JUL,2020 | MEDC
Both India and China have done well by scaling down their troop deployment from the LAC. Let bygones be bygones … in today’s world, economic strength matters more than military strength. However, India needs to develop a coherent strategy as far as China is concerned. Both sides cannot rule out the possibility of further skirmishes along the contested 3,488 km border, but practical considerations also have to guide our national policies. Besides the heavy costs of setting up border infrastructure, the Indian army, which already spends three quarters of its budget on salaries and pensions, could find itself requiring even more manpower. China has benefited a lot from India’s strategic muddles over the past five decades, and if increasing funding is diverted to the military, India will find it difficult to garner the resources to build the large-scale quality infrastructure necessary for its domestic economic development. The Chinese are pragmatic people and the best way to deter them is by strengthening our economy.
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