A story in today’s FT highlights the concern felt by India’s national security leadership at what they perceive is a widening gap between the military capabilities of China and India.
Indian commanders say the government’s reluctance to take decisions is severely hampering their ability to guard against a “collusive threat” from two nuclear armed neighbours – China and its ally Pakistan.“Our defence budget is $32bn, China’s is $91.5bn. Their unofficial spending probably takes the total to $150bn. How are we going to match up?” said P.C. Katoch, a retired lieutenant general.
As China becomes increasingly active on the disputed border with India and unilaterally asserts its sole control over water and energy resources, Indian officials are right to be concerned. India does not need to match China’s defense spending dollar for dollar, but it does need to develop a clear analysis of what kind of investments must be made to preserve the balance of power.