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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Left to himself, Nitin A. Gokhale would rather watch films and sports matches but his day job as a media entrepreneur, communications specialist, analyst and author, leaves him little time to indulge in his primary interests. Gokhale in fact started his career in journalism in 1983 as a sports reporter. Since then he has, in the past 41 years, traversed the entire spectrum across print, broadcast and digital space. One of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Gokhale has moved on from conventional media to become an independent media entrepreneur running three niche digital platforms—BharatShakti, StratNewsGlobal and Interstellar—besides undertaking consultancy and training workshops in communications for military institutions, corporates and individuals. Now better known for his conflict coverage and strategic analyses, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years between 1983 and 2006, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 and also brought us live coverage from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009.    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, Australia, South and South-East Asia to take part in various seminars and conferences. Gokhale is also a popular visiting faculty at India’s Defence Services Staff College, the three war colleges, India's National Defence College, College of Defence Management and the IB’s intelligence school.