South Asia and Beyond

India Should Be Watchful As Under-Pressure Xi Is Dangerous, Says Gordon Chang

NEW DELHI: As world opinion gravitates against China because of its mishandling of the Chinese virus, noted China analyst Gordon G Chang is of the firm opinion that China must be held accountable. “The reason Chinese leaders should be deterred is because the Coronavirus is not the last pathogen that will be generated on Chinese soil and you have got to make sure Chinese leaders don’t maliciously spread it again,” he told StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale in an exclusive interview. But how does the world hold China to account? There are several ways, as Chang says: seize China’s assets, get factories off Chinese soil and scale down diplomatic ties. There’s something wrong with the Chinese political system but there’s no doubt that Xi Jinping is under pressure, so the world better watch out. As should India, given the heightened Chinese aggression (along the LAC), he says.

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Nitin A. Gokhale

Author, thought leader and one of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Nitin A. Gokhale has forty years of rich and varied experience behind him as a conflict reporter, Editor, author and now a media entrepreneur who owns and curates two important digital platforms, and focusing on national security, strategic affairs and foreign policy matters. At the beginning of his long and distinguished career, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years, writing and analysing various insurgencies in the region, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 during the India-Pakistan war, and also brought live reports from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009. Author of over a dozen books on wars, insurgencies and conflicts, Gokhale relocated to Delhi in 2006, was Security and Strategic Affairs Editor at NDTV, a leading Indian broadcaster for nine years, before launching in 2015 his own digital properties. An alumni of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Hawaii, Gokhale now writes, lectures and analyses security and strategic matters in Indo-Pacific and travels regularly to US, Europe, South and South-East Asia to speak at various international seminars and conferences. Gokhale also teaches at India’s Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), the three war colleges, India's National Defence College, College of Defence Management and the intelligence schools of both the R&AW and Intelligence Bureau. He tweets at @nitingokhale


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