Why is India always in competition with China? Why does it expect an attack from China?
Ben Kelley, Strong interest in geopolitics and defence
Answered Feb 15 · Upvoted by Adithya Yogesh, MA International Relations & Foreign Policy, John Hopkins (2015)
There is a problem when two states are in competition, just by their existence. They fill the same geopolitical niche.
India and China are both trying very hard not to step on each others turf. Both are non-aligned countries. Both have large populations. Geographically they are next to each other, luckily the only region that is disputed it not massively critical like a port or straights.
If India wanted to immediately infuriate China, it would side with the Americans and sail a fleet into the South China Sea. Its not doing that. China could also infuriate India by generally being hostile and interfering in India. Generally its not doing that.
But by their very existence they are going to be competitive. They have massive labor forces, and have been attracting heavy industry, manufacturing, production to their countries. As big as China is, one day India will have a much larger population. Geographically they aren’t going anywhere, so they know it doesn’t make sense to piss off a neighboring country that is in the same weight class as you. They both have more important things to do than fight each other.
Radhika Ramesh, Teacher Assistant at Little Heath School
Answered Feb 17
India considers China as a role model - role model in infrastructure,economy and military.But there are doubts or rather mistrust in Indian minds because of major irritants like :-
2) closeness with Pakistan particularly in issues relating to Masood Azhar Even the US and many other countries wanted to label as terrorist.
Competitionis not a bad thing between people or countries .It inspires us to work harder and efficiently.What is there in considering China as a competitor?
Chinese firecrackers were banned in Delhi during Diwali because it contains some poisonous chemicals.
A lot of Chinese goods have flooded the market Especially toys,mobile phones it will ruin our Indian industry .
India shares a love-hate relationship with China similar to the love-hate relationship China shares with the US.
In my personal opinion we don't have interaction with mainland Chinese since communication is an important part of relationship.There is no people to people contacts.