New Delhi: Retired
Speaking at India’s economic conclave it ‘The Great Indian Democratic Benefit’Stavridis said that in 2034, or perhaps a decade later, when historians write the history of the 21st century, it will be about India’s progress and not China.
The former US Admiral highlighted India’s unique position and said that due to geography and demographics, India is in a unique position to dominate
‘Democracy is India’s strength’
Stavridis called democracy the strength of India, saying it is the heart of this nation and warned New Delhi never to oppose it.
The demographics benefit India enormously, but in the case of China, it is the exact opposite because of their one-child policy, he added. He also said that the Chinese one-party system could not match India’s democratic way of working.
He also talked about India’s role in preventing the next world war and said that New Delhi can mediate to stop it.
On the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the retired American admiral said that Moscow will play second fiddle to Beijing.
He also warned the United States that if it fails to maintain its pace with China or fails to compete fiercely in this marketplace of ideas, then it will end in a conflict with Beijing.
In his book, ‘2034: A novel about the next world war‘, Stavridis has postulated that in 2034
Russia has failed to diversify its economy, it has a high degree of drug abuse and alcoholism, and it has a huge land mass that it has failed to exploit.
He also called Russian President Vladimir Putin a clever tactician but a bad strategist and cited the invasion of
‘Geopolitics in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia extends into the future’
Putin’s Ukraine strategy is failing, shrinking the Russian economy and driving it to become a junior partner for China, he added.
On the global energy scenario in the midst of the ongoing conflict, he said it has the potential to trigger not only the next geopolitical crisis, but also economic crisis and food crisis.
We will see the energy market rebuilt, he added.
Europeans will fight for oil and gas and will pressure the United States, which in turn will put pressure on Saudi Arabia to increase their production, he said.
He also said that
“Putin will not give up easily. He has brought in a new general and his focus has shifted to southeastern Ukraine,” the former admiral added.