China's foreign policy is a dangerous message for South Asia


China's foreign policy in South Asia has become suicidal. China's role in the ongoing events in Myanmar and Nepal has created discontent among the people of both countries. 

Earlier, many people in those three countries disliked the People's  Republic of China for trying to establish economic empires in the Maldives and Sri Lanka by supporting the Gayoom dynasty and the Rajapaksa dynasty and ignoring the views of the local people in Pakistan's Balochistan. 

Anti-China sentiment has also increased among the people of India as they have not taken a peaceful path in resolving the border dispute.

 Thus, China's moral leadership in the whole region has recently fallen into a fragile state.

China has created a great image of the United States in Myanmar

Does history repeat itself? Karl Marx has a funny quote about this. In his view, this is what happened in history. But first in the form of tragedy; Later as a farce.

 But the ignorance expressed by Chinese Ambassador Chen Hai when the military seized power in Myanmar earlier this month was not only seen as a farce, but also a deception by many in Myanmar.

The country's armed forces, locally known as Tatmadaw, are heavily influenced by China. From weapons to intelligence-advice — everything is within the range of this effect.

 They are called ‘all-season twins.’ No one in Myanmar believes such a force has overthrown an elected government without China's consent.

 But the coup has also put China in extreme trouble in Myanmar. Both China and Tatmadaw do not have a post-coup settlement.

Less than a month later, an unimaginable mass movement against the coup took place across Myanmar. 

They did not expect that. At the same time, that movement is also standing against China. But they have about 25 billion in investment in the country. China accounts for 26 percent of the country's total foreign investment. 

Myanmar is one of the main pillars of China's international economic corridor project. China has 36 projects in the country centered on the corridor. 

In such a country, it is a tragedy for Uncle Xi's foreign policy to make young people think of China as a political adversary.

When Xi Jinping arrived in Myanmar in January 2020, 33 agreements were reached with the Suu Kyi's government on various issues. A year later, Suu Kyi is now a prisoner. 

And China is seen next to the villains of this incident. Young people in Myanmar cannot accept this scene. They are getting emotional support from Washington. 

In just three or four weeks, an unimaginable pro-democracy image of the United States has emerged across Myanmar.

The pro-China government is responsible for the political instability in Nepal

For China, the same tragedy happened in Nepal as in Myanmar, but in a different way. People's Republic of China was a strong supporter of the ruling Communist Party or CPN government. 

Their ambassador, Hou Yanqi, met day and night with local politicians. She was always present in the office of President to the Chief of Army Staff. 

She had a vocal presence in the media like the local ministers. With her
help, KP Sharma Oli's government brought two disasters.

First, the border dispute with neighboring India and the split in the ruling party. At the moment, part of his party is holding processions and meetings against Prime Minister Sharma in Kathmandu almost every day. 

Despite the arrival of several high-powered teams from China, the ruling party's dispute could not be resolved. Sharma has called for new elections before the government's term expires. 

Every provincial government is also in crisis due to the sudden break up of the main party. People are blaming CPN leaders as well as Ambassador Hou Yanqi and China's aggressive Nepal policy for the political unrest that has been going on since December 20. 

The Indian media has directly blamed Hou Yanqi for fueling Nepal's bad relations with their country.

Nepal has been the victim of a number of unreasonable threats, including at least two blockades from India in the past.

 Even then, there is a risk of deviating from the policy of peaceful coexistence with the country. The two have an open border of about 1100 miles. 

Nepal still has great commercial and geographical dependence on India.

 But during the tenure of KP Sharma Oli, relations between the two countries have become unusually cool. 

At the same time Hou Yanqi is silent at the moment. Her two-and-a-half-year tenure in Kathmandu is being hailed as disastrous for China. 

In the meantime, China has invested a lot of money in the country. It will be very difficult to form another pro-China government if elections are held in the future.

 Building the much-discussed Tibet-Nepal railway will also become more difficult then. On the contrary, the Kathmandu railway could be built with India.

Transfer of power from China to the Maldives

Today's events in Nepal seem to be another manifestation of the Sino-Indian tug-of-war over the Maldives that took place a few years ago. 

Since 2013, China has been annoying ordinary voters by blindly supporting the government of its choice, the Abdullah Yameen. 

But before 2011, there was no Chinese embassy in the country. What are the consequences of aggressive diplomacy and millions of loans? 

Establishment of Ibrahim Salih government sympathetic to India.

With the economic help of China, Abdullah Yameen launched a massive crackdown on anti-government politicians to destabilize the country. 

Besides, the government took some unnecessary anti-India steps. They returned a helicopter donated by India in 2018, which was embarrassing for New Delhi. 

Now there is a government that is making one deal after another with India. Some projects have even exceeded China's past debt.

Besides, Nasheed, the main leader of the ruling party, is referring to China's debt as a death trap. Chuck with China.Former President Yameen has been sentenced to five years in prison for corruption. 

Almost no view of the mall is any longer pleasant for Beijing.

China is on the side of the authoritarians in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is currently the only success story of Chinese diplomacy in South Asia. 

The influence of China has not yet been felt here. However, their debt-tsunami is also a big concern in this country.

After a break of 4-5 years, the return of the royal family to power has been a relief for China. It is also seen as their 'success'. 

The elder brother of this Sinhalese nationalist family is now the Prime Minister and the younger brother is the President. 

Both brothers were accused of killing civilians during the 26-year-old anti-Tamil war. One of the two brothers was then Prime Minister and the other was Secretary of Defense.

Anti-China sentiment across South Asia can provide moral impetus to anti-China circles in Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The recent situation in this region of Asia calls for a serious rethink of China's foreign policy.

China is a special friend of this family. The local armed forces also received Chinese help to wipe out the Tamil Tigers during the war. 

Human rights activists allege that the Rajapaksas have been socially marginalizing both Hindu Tamil and Muslim Tamil minorities at the same time, with the return of old political and economic support from 2020 onwards.

 In the face of nationalist extremism, dissidents in Sinhalese society are also losing their right to free expression. As a result, there is a severe human rights drought in the country.

Popular governments are losing direction in foreign support

Today's government of Nepal and the outgoing government of Maldives and Myanmar are very similar to the current China-friendly government of Sri Lanka. 

The Rajapaksas came to power with huge votes in the last election.

 Their party won 145 out of 225 seats. In Nepal, the 275-seat parliament has 174 seats from the Chinese-backed CPN.

In the Maldives, Mohammad Yameen won a fair election by defeating one-time popular President Mohamed Nasheed. 

In Myanmar, Suu Kyi's government won more seats than in the last election. It is said that China, as a foreign supporter, has a special responsibility to stumble and fall in various ways, despite the overwhelming support of these governments and politicians at home. 

These governments have received huge financial support from China, both necessary and unnecessary. 

With the increase in the local human rights situation and the encouragement of intolerance towards political dissidents.

As a result, their economic interests in the South Asian region, which is currently the most important part of China's international economic corridor, are at risk.

 The Sino-Pakistani economic corridor in Balochistan is already on fire with the anger of the local Baloch.

Dissatisfaction with China's role in the Rohingya issue

China is a major investor in almost all countries in the region, including Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and the Maldives. 

They have an outstanding contribution to the infrastructural development of each country. But China's sympathy for the democratic struggle is not seen in these countries. 

On the contrary, the experience of Myanmar, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka shows that China is silent on economic progress in the pursuit of economic interests. 

The response from various quarters, including social media, shows that the young people of Bangladesh are not satisfied with China's position on the Rohingya issue.

Overall, these experiences have led to increasing questions about China's moral leadership among young people across South Asia, a side effect of which is that Hong Kong's democratic struggle has generated widespread interest among South Asian youth through social media.

The region, which stretches from Myanmar to Pakistan, has about 1.8 billion consumers, including India. 

Not only as an emerging buyer group, but also as a distant bulwark against China's territorial integrity. 

Anti-China sentiment across South Asia can provide moral impetus to anti-China circles in Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

 The recent situation in this region of Asia calls for a serious rethink of China's foreign policy.

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