New Delhi:  Sending war planes into Taiwan’s air space, simulating attacks on the United States, intruding into Sino-Indo border territories and restricting its peoples’ access to globally popular social web-sites, China is playing mind-games card after being on the receiving end of a well deserved global backlash for having failed to control the corona virus and hiding its emergence in late 2019.  

China has now, however, launched the second season of its operation, ‘Mind Games’ with widely distributed video clips of its army’s war-preparedness mushrooming on social media – that few Chinese are allowed to see – and a few Indian and international television news channels.

Similarly, lots of stories regarding its economic power have been surfacing in newspapers of supposed good repute the world over that are subtly painting China as as towering self-reliant economic giant in the pacific Asia region with the potential to mark its presence on the global map.  

Beijing is continuously funding its surrogate enterprise operations across the planet. Chinese Progressive Association it Boston in the USA is understood to have been loaded with funds for China, and has been giving feedback on economic and political issues in United States.  

Reputed Indian animator and gaming expert,  Bhairav Bonia, said that some of the shots of Chinese soldiers in formation, and tanks on the move seems to be high-class forms of animation. “Now all this is possible,” he added, continuing that in general long shots of animation film are very difficult to detect. 

Beijing is well aware of Taiwan’s strength and courage, work ethic, and determination not to be bogged down by its well-crafted mind games, so has been playing cheque-book policy games with Taipei  

A few nations on the African continent broke off diplomatic ties with Taiwan at the behest of China over the last three years, but the ‘One-China policy’ remained largely  ineffective as India remained adamant that it would not cut its ties with Taiwan in similar form to other countries.  

The multiple videos of Chinese troops getting combat-ready, analysts feel, was merely part of the pressure tactics to create a fear-psychosis in these testing times for China. 

Telling the world that it is actually a ‘super-power’, China recently deployed (on September 21st) heavy weaponry including missiles in border areas of India, particularly on the Depsang Plains, which, as the name suggests, is non-rocky. 

It is a 972 square kilometre area, which is very important to India, and equally strategic to China as a place in which to station its tanks and missile silos to show its battle-ready stance. 

Relying on the 5th century treatise, ‘Bing Fa’ (Art of War), written by Sun Tzu, which promotes deception and mind games in order to gain the upper hand over its opponents, China’s next plan is to encroach on the Saser La Pass to move into Saichen at ease.

India strongly resents the move, and is adamant that it will not pull back its soldiers from the border areas if China does not back off first. 

As such, New Delhi is keeping a hawk-eyed vigil on China, and not relishing its stubborn attitude, has decided to close the 2015 proposal of buying 30 armed MQ-98 Guardian drones (at a cost of US$3 billion) from a American firm General Atomics after the Defence Acquisition Council meeting scheduled to take place next month according to news portal Defence Capital.

If China is wary of officially attacking India, knowing well of its low levels of support around world, India is maintaining the ‘bowing posture’ it has kept up for the last four decades, trumpeting its policy that cordial relations are built on talks and not by battles.

India, states Brahma Chellaney, an international affairs expert,  has placed its faith in diplomacy ever since it discovered China’s intrusions in the north in early May. 

It reined in its armed forces – from taking counter-actions – until recently.

Had it permitted proactive counter-measures earlier, once sufficiently acclimatised troops and weapons capabilities were in place, China’s territorial gains would have been more limited. 

China’s Foreign ministry officials (along with its Military Commanders) have now proposed talks with their Indian counterparts charting out mutually beneficial ways to diffuse the escalating tensions between the two countries.

This of course raises the question, if Beijing is strong enough to continue with its stand-off with New Delhi, why is it looking to hold talks?

The answer is simple in that it cannot afford a war, and knows well that it is using pressure tactics.

 For the last three years President Xi has reportedly been funding multiple Chinese surrogate-enterprises in the United States, with latest addition to this list the Chinese Progressive Association in Boston. 

The main aim of this funding is to aid in spreading Chinese propaganda. 

 

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