Big Picture- PM Modi’s China Visit-What are the takeaways?
The India-China relationship is a “complex” one with the two Asian giants eyeing each other with suspicion.
India and China have come up with some non-controversial “do-ables” taking into account their complementarities.This list provides a blue-print for stabilizing the relationship and adding the critical mass necessary for a takeoff in relations in the future when the time comes.
The Five major Takeaways are
$22 billion in business-to-business pacts
Military headquarters hotline connection
Task force to counter widening trade deficit and market access issues
Two dozen government to government pacts
E-visa facility extended to Chinese nationals
Indian and Chinese firms signed 21 agreements worth more than $22 billion in deals in areas ranging from telecom, steel, solar energy and films.
Pending a resolution to their boundary dispute, India and China have decided to set up a hotline between the military headquarters of the two countries.
The agreements were in the area of cooperation in skill development, railways, mining and minerals, broadcasting, tourism, ocean studies, establishing sister city relations and consulates in Chennai and Chengdu
In a bid to boost tourism and advance people to people ties, Modi announced that India had decided to extend electronic visa on arrival facility to Chinese nationals.
A strong partnership between China and India needs strong leadership from both countries. Luckily, both Xi and Modi are strong leaders and now have a good personal relationship to enhance strategic trust between the two giants.
“While the engagement of India and China seems strategic, it has enormous differences that goes beyond boundary issues and a healthy partnership by far, is a distant dream”. Do you agree?
“China and India can never become strategic partners, whatsoever the engagements or talks are done away with”. Comment