New Delhi: China’s aggression lies in President Xi Jinping’s ambitious plans for his nation, argues former journalist Kingshuk Nag in his new book ‘A New Silk Road: India, China and the Geopolitics of Asia’.
The book, published by Rupa publications, will be released on 9 March on ‘SoftCover’ — ThePrint’s e-venue to launch select non-fiction books.
In the book, Nag elaborates on why China’s initiation of an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh is not a diversionary tactic to deflect attention from the Covid-19 pandemic, but an effort to get a toehold in Ladakh to strengthen the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The CPEC leads from Gwadar port in Balochistan to China’s Xinjiang province and passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Ladakh allows relatively easy access to both PoK and Xinjiang, thus opening a shortened path for Chinese imports and exports.
Nag re-examines outdated assumptions and makes path-breaking discoveries about China’s new ‘great game’, stating that it is imperative to understand history and learn from it to assess current events.
The author insists that India and China are vastly different nations with very diverse political and economic strategies — something that Indians must understand in order to counter the Chinese conundrum.
Nag, a former journalist and an award-winning author, has written biographies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (NAMO Story), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (A Man For All Seasons), Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (Living Dangerously), Mohan Bhagwat, and Vijay Mallya (Kingfizzer).
Winner of the Prem Bhatia Award for excellence in political analyses and reporting, the author is an alumnus of the Delhi School of Economics.