14 May, 2021

‘Structural Problems Must Be Addressed’

Photograph by Jitender Gupta
‘Structural Problems Must Be Addressed’

Director of Delhi’s Institute of Chinese Studies Ashok Kantha has been India’s ambassador to Beijing. In the run-up to the second informal summit between Naren­dra Modi and Xi Jinping, Kantha spoke to Pranay Sharma on various issues. Excerpts:

What should India expect from the forthcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the country?

The format of the forthcoming summit makes it possible for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping to informally discuss issues of mutual interest and concern, without being burdened by a rigid agenda or expectations of concrete deliverables in terms of formal agreements. This meeting will take forward the process of the two leaders remaining personally invested in the management of India-China relations and setting its strategic directions.  As differences have surfaced on issues like Kashmir, boundary question, Sino-Pakistan nexus and trade imbalance, the leaders will possibly seek to dial down divergences and restore greater...

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