'India preparing for a possible two-front war with Pak, China'
India continues to view Pakistan as
the "real threat" even though it is adjusting its military
strategy to include the possibility of a limited two-front war
with both Pakistan and China, the first Blue Book on India
published by a Chinese think tank said.
Pakistan is India's main "real threat" to maintain a high
degree of vigilance and preparedness, the summary of the Blue
Book released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences,
The report says Indian military deployment on land is
mainly fixated against Pakistan but in recent times, it is
also being adjusted for both China and Pakistan.
The book in Chinese language, the first ever on India,
said, New Delhi is focusing to deal with limited war with
China and Pakistan at the same time.
It spoke of large increase in troops at the borders and
upgradation of border forces with new weapons and equipment.
The report spoke about India's maritime military
deployment in recent years, the prime cause of China's worry
as it regards India's fast expanding blue water navy as a
The book, which speaks of India's efforts in the past to
strengthen its maritime military strength in the East,
specially mentioned Indian Navy's Eastern Naval Command and
its bases in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
It also spoke of increase in Indian defence budget with
the rapid growth of the Indian economy making it the biggest
buyer of the international arms.
About India's policy towards neighbours, it said New Delhi
continued to pursue the "Gujral Doctrine" on neighbouring
countries to provide unilateral assistance, enhancing mutual
trust and cooperation with the neighbouring countries of South
Asia, while continuing to push forward the peace process with
India also established a strategic partnership with
Afghanistan while developing relations with Bangladesh, Sri
Lanka and Nepal, it said.
The book also mentioned India's bid for the permanent
membership of the UN Security Council in association with
Germany, Japan and Brazil besides India's Look East Policy
improving relations with Japan, Vietnam, Australia in the
backdrop of US' Asia Pacific push.
While cautioning the Chinese establishment against
underestimating India's "great potential" for development in
future, it has highlighted the recent corruption scandals
which has damaged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government.
However, the book praised India's progress saying that it
has achieved remarkable progress.
Since the implementation of a comprehensive economic
reform in 1991, India's economic development has made
remarkable achievements with accelerated economic growth
improving the comprehensive economic strength resulting in
Noting the campaigns like "Incredible India", "world
office", it said India remained one of the fastest growing
economies in the world.
But at the same time, India faced many contradictions in
its aura of high-growth which include the problem of poverty,
uneven development, irrational industrial structure, the high
fiscal deficit, it said.