03 December, 2020

Wen, Where, Why

The stage is set for the two Asian giants to talk peace Updates

Wen, Where, Why
When you turn to this page to read the story, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao would have landed in India. His visit has been billed as this year's most important event for the Chinese leadership. The extraordinary billing reflects both India and China's desire to go out of their way to signal a deeper cooperative engagement, thereby dispelling the notion of an inevitability of conflict between the two Asian giants. The message: the world is big enough to accommodate their respective aspirations. The desire to convey this message stems from an awareness that if the parallel rise of both nations leads to sharpening of differences, there could be negative consequences for Asia and the world.

Sources say New Delhi will be looking to take forward what the Vajpayee government had achieved: China had then recognised Sikkim as part of India. New Delhi hopes to build upon this and impart a certain momentum to other aspects of Sino-Indian bilateral relations.

A key indicator will be the enunciation of a set of eight or nine guiding principles on the boundary issue. These have been...


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