The China-India Conflict: Its Causes and Consequences

 

What are the background and the nature of the tensions between China and India in the Sikkim border region? What should be the tactical conclusions for Socialists and Activists of the Liberation Movements?

 

A Pamphlet by Michael Pröbsting, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 18 August 2017

 

Note of the Editorial Board: The following document contains 6 figures and 5 maps.

 

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Contents

 

 

Introductory Remarks

 

I.             Recent Developments

 

II.           The Struggle for Domination of Bhutan

 

III.          The Background: Accelerating Rivalry between China and India in a Period of Capitalist Decay

 

China's Belt and Road Initiative

 

India's OCOR as an Alternative to OBOR?

 

India's Increasing Ties with US and Japanese Imperialism

 

How are the chances in a military confrontation between India and China?

 

IV.          China as an Emerging Great Imperialist Power

 

China’s Monopolies

 

Super-Exploitation of the Working Class

 

China’s Capital Export

 

China as a Military Power

 

V.           India: A Peculiar Semi-Colony in the Role of a Regional Power

 

A Brief Historical Review

 

The Characteristics of India's Semi-Colonial Economy

 

India's Economic Elites: Many … and at the same time Few

 

The Parasitic Nature of the Indian Bourgeoisie

 

India as a Regional Power and an Oppressor State

 

Brief Remarks on an Historic Analogy: The Ottoman Empire

 

VI.          Revolutionary Tactics in the China-India Conflict

 

Appendix: Imperialist vs. Semi-Colonial State: Some Theoretical Considerations

 

1. What are the Respective Characteristics of an Imperialist vs. a Semi-Colonial State?

 

2. Is a Transition from Being One Type of State to Another Possible?

 

3. Is the Category of “Sub-Imperialism” Useful?