27 September, 2020

This Way To Chindia

The Chinese premier’s visit will be a balm to India’s recent wound

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This Way To Chindia

Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang’s visit to India is significant for three unique and outstanding reasons. First, it takes place soon after the recent 20-day faceoff in the western sections of the disputed border between the two sides. The fact that the visit is on shows that the top leaders of both countries are determined not to allow any dispute or difference to come in the way of their att­empts to build a strategic partnership. It also demonstrates that Sino-Indian ties are of strategic and global significance and go far beyond a bilateral relationship.

Given the lack of mutual acceptance or unified recognition of each other’s Line of Actual Control, there are scores of overlapping and grey areas with the potential for such faceoffs. It is also reasonable to assume, given the ground situation, that this kind of “incursion” must be occurring on both sides. The only difference could be that the Chinese media does not have easy access to reporting such “incursions” by the Indian forces, whereas the Indian media is very vocal on...



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