War must always be the last resort in disputes

By Qiao Liang Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/12 20:53:39

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The title of China's role in future world written by Wang Xiangsui, retired Air Force Senior Colonel and professor at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, says it all, that is the importance of China's strategic positioning in the future.

The reason why so many Chinese people paid attention to the China-India border standoff in the Doklam area is that they are unfamiliar with China's strategic positioning. If they had a clear understanding of China's strategic positioning, they would know that the settlement of the Doklam standoff was one of the best results possible. China and India are both neighbors and competitors, but not all competitors must be treated in the toughest way.

Many people would say that the road construction in China's territory was none of India's business. Is this belief right? It is reasonable to some extent because road construction in this area is not a matter of right and wrong, but we need to understand that it is not always right to do something right at any time. Only doing the right thing at the right time is correct.

So, with this principle in mind, one can understand that the Doklam confrontation was solved in the way it should have been. And the most important thing is that when you understand China's strategic positioning and you cannot bring the entire world under your domination, you are willing to leave well enough alone. Only in this way can one completely reach his goal, otherwise, haste makes waste or the result and your desired outcome may even be poles apart.

Many people think that China has a powerful national strength, including a strong military power, thus only war can demonstrate China's power. But resorting to war is irresponsible for the country and the country's future as war has always been the last resort to solve problems. Whenever there may be a way to solve a conflict without war, war should be avoided.

Some people may say that I am a soldier and what I said above reflects a lack of confidence in my country. It's true that I am a military scholar that study strategies. I'm not afraid of war, and I know what war is about. But for any country, the war is always an unfortunate thing. Yet each soldier wants to fight in the war once in his lifetime, which could honor his life.

This is the wish of all of us soldiers. We know that war is ominous. The country can maintain peace and it will be the best to avoid war.

Soldiers can realize their values better in the battlefield, so in this case, what choices should we make? When the country needs soldiers to fight in the battlefield, they will absolutely choose to join the war without hesitation. But in the country's current position, we should spare no efforts to avoid pushing the country into a war as peace is the best outcome.

The author is a Chinese military strategist Major-General of the People's Liberation Army. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn



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