PM Narendra Modi will have an informal bilateral meeting with the Chinese President, Xi Jinping tomorrow. The PM is visiting China to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit. The bilateral meeting is to happen on the sidelines of the Summit.
The Summit is expected to address regional issues and emphasise on regional cooperation.
Meanwhile, the Ministry does not seem to have any plans of PM Modi meeting his Pakistani counterpart.
PM MODI’S ‘ACT EAST ‘ POLICY IN PLAY:
PM Modi has repeatedly expressed his idea of the Era of the ‘Rising East’. The PM is aware of the significance of this crucial period in Asian politics, and is designing the country’s foreign policy accordingly.
Hence, despite the intense friction in Sino-Indian relations last year, the PM decided to leave the Doklam incident behind and met Mr. Jinping for an informal meeting in Wuhan in April.
Another display of the ‘Act East’ policy was seen during the PM’s Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore visit last week.
While the move reiterated India’s strong ties with these ASEAN countries, Modi also utilised the Shangri-La dialogue for mentioning the growing ties between India and China. He said, the two Asian powers had “displayed wisdom and maturity in managing issues and ensuring a peaceful border“. He added, “India-China cooperation is expanding”.
WHY IS Mr. MODI SO KEEN ON IMPROVING RELATIONS WITH CHINA?
• The Doklam crisis was an intense period in the Sino-Indian relation. To maintain such enmity is harmful and expensive, especially given that China’s economy size and military spending are both multiple times larger than India’s.
• India intends to secure China’s support in it’s admission to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
• With a strengthening Russia-China axis, India doesn’t want to lose a reliable ally like Russia because of hostile terms with China.
• Chinese support will be crucial in reprimanding Pakistan at the UN level.
• Modi would also like prevent tensions with China, at a time when the Lok Sabha Elections will demand his attention.
China also, among other things, intends to reduce India’s hostility towards it’s Belt and Road initiative.
GLOBAL SCENARIO :
International politics is witnessing a radical era, with US’s relations with China and Russia at stake. It is a challenging phase for India to determine it’s inclinations.
Only time will reveal the consequences (sweet or sour) of Modi’s decisions, growing proximity to China one of the most crucial among them.