Love-hate relationship between India and China

New Delhi: Not so long ago, Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping had agreed to “look forward and start a new chapter” in Sino-Indian relations.

On September 29, to mark the People’s Republic of China’s 68th anniversary, Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui recalled the resolve of Modi and Xi to “dance together”, make “one plus one eleven”, and strive for “reconciliation” and “cooperation”.

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There is no denying the fact that in the aftermath of Doklam, India and China are poised to enter a new chapter in their relationship. But, the outline of the emerging new chapter may be clear only after the Communist Party of China’s congress (beginning on October 18) concludes.

While number of informed observers attribute the diplomatic words being at variance with military action to factional tussles in the Chinese establishment, there is a view that India’s actions may be the reason for China’s reluctance to hasten ‘normalisation’ of relations.

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In India, the Chinese are painted as the ones who had to ‘eat crow’ after being made to blink. This may have stirred resentment and has been seen as a taunt carried too far.

Recently in Beijing to prepare for Donald Trump’s presidential visit next month, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “President Trump is looking forward with great anticipation to the summit here in Beijing. This is a relationship that continues to grow and mature on the strength of the relationship between yourself (President Xi) and President Trump, and we look forward to advancing that.”

 

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