28 January, 2021

‘India’s Rise Doesn’t Worry China’

Leading political commentator and former advisor to US secy-general, Dingli Shen talks about the present state of Sino-India relations and the Pakistan factor in it

‘India’s Rise Doesn’t Worry China’

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?

I think the unresolved border issue, the nuclear issue (China is opposed to...



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