Dingli Shen, a leading Chinese commentator, was an advisor to former UN secy-general Kofi Annan. He is a professor of international relations at the Fudan University. He answers questions from Pranay Sharma on the present state of Sino-India relations and the Pakistan factor in it.
India and China often claim to forge a partnership that can help in turning the 21st century into a truly Asian one. Given the current state of their bilateral relations, is that possible?
Yes, surely. China-India ties cover many areas. While in some areas they remain mutually suspicious, they are also expanding their overall relations fast. They understand that though they face difficulties in some areas, that should not hinder the progress in their overall relations.
What do you think are the key impediments that prevent this proposed partnership from turning into reality?