The Neighbors – India & China

PM Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping Credit: DNA India

April 1, 2020 marked the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations laid between India and China. The national rejuvenation of the only two countries with a population of over 1 billion articulates the rise and growth of developing nations and gives momentum to changes in the next century.

Everyone is aware of the popular slogan “Hindi Cheeni Bhai Bhai” that resounded in the two nations. 70 years back from now, in the 1950s the older generation leaders of the two nations signed the most historic pact. With establishment of diplomatic relations between the two, the countries also vindicated Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. It was altercated by the two that from there on all border disputes shall be dealt with friendly consultations and discourse. All things necessary will be practiced to avoid ruckus at the border. A systematic and cooperative set of ground rules were established that were to be followed for maintaining peace, prosperity and harmony. There was also an achievement of all-round bilateral relations.

“Hometown Diplomacy” was initiated after 2013 by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Summits were held in Wuhan and Chennai where issues related to strategic approach to global and regional importance were discussed. The countries also agreed to strengthen their communication overreach for the coming closer of the two nations for an escalated amelioration.

Today’s India-China affiliation is the consanguinity of generation old leaders who had their fundamentals clear on the table and had always prioritised harmony of the two nations. A lot of lessons can be learnt from past power brokers like adhering to the guidance of leaders, accepting and consigning to the strategy of friendliness and cooperation, enhancing regional and international ties and grasping the trend of mutual beneficial cooperation.

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Today the two countries stand on a boundary overlooking a vast range of opportunities and wisdom that can be drawn from far fetched years of experience and empiricism. We have to master the four keys of “leading, transmitting, shaping and integrating”. “Leading” means to develop unanimity and consent on a give topic under the  guidance of two country leaders for the development of bilateral relations . “Transmitting” refers to spreading of the leaders’ consensus to all segments of the framework which can later be transformed in the form of tangible outcomes. “Shaping” is developing bilateral relations by going beyond the point of actively managing differences and gaining momentum and propulsion. “Integrating” refers to acknowledging common grounds of interest and achieving overall development and success.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi shared an ideology which strikes a chord with the chinese philosophy “universal love” and “universal peace”. Indian leaders said that the world is a family. There is clearly no denying that the ancient oriental wisdom is still adequate with exuberance and spunk. It is expected from both nations to foresee the good and positive that the future holds and show the ability to abide by “Dragon-Elephant Tango”.

Under these poignant conditions of a pandemic, the harsh realities of the economic vulnerabilities sustain. Both India and China together with a combined market of 2.7 billion people constitute 20% to the entire world’s GDP. Both stand a chance to be the economic reformers of the society. Considering relations that date back to  1950s both nations have the ability to enjoy economic and trade cooperation. The current economic situation possesses a huge threat to Indian economy system and society at large, under these circumstances we can expect the coming together of nations like India and China for betterment of both.

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