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Lets stay on for dessert…

January 15, 2013

Its like the recipe for sweet and sour neighbours has gone wonderfully sweet. The sudden addition of defence dialogues, high level security advisors meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit and a warm friendly letter between heads of state. The concoction that’s simmering on optimism, has rested with positive media reports and blog posts of ardour from both sides of the Himalayas is now ready to be served and enjoyed by a two billion or almost one-third of the world’s population.

In a recent continuation of the Hu Jinato line, following in his footsteps without rocking the boat too much, successor Xi Jinping reiterated that the world is big enough for both China and India. China’s newly elected President who visited India earlier when he was a Provincial leader, said that China will “pay great importance to developing relations with India”. The quote mentioned in a letter to India’s Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, was delivered by soon to retire State Councillor and top diplomat Dai Bingguo. It also mentioned that China-India relations “have maintained stable development in the past few years, which has brought about substantial benefits to the two countries and the two peoples,” according to a report released by the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday. Xi continued in the letter that “the world has enough space for China and India to achieve common development, and the world also needs common development.” China, he added, “will, as it has been doing, pay great importance to developing relations with India and expects to carry out close cooperation with India to create a brighter future of their bilateral relations.” Dr. Manmohan Singh and President Xi Jinping are expected to be meeting for the first time at the BRICS summit to be held in South Africa in March.

Xinhua quoted Dai, who will retire as China’s top diplomat in March, as saying that India and China had “efficiently controlled their disputes and differences and have pushed forward development of bilateral relations, while gradually finding a pragmatic way of maintaining friendly relationship of coexistence between them.”
He added that the next “five to 10 years” would be “a strategically important period of opportunities to develop their relations.”

Xi Jinping, is expected to build on his predecessors healthy foreign policy trajectory by strengthening ties with developing nations. A reliable contender would be India, a nation China has recently been vying with to open markets and increase trade. While hiccups do exist, symbiotic and bilateral relations with business and culture have been on the rise with both nations, governments, industry and her people all working towards building robust bonds. The next five to ten years will witness interesting stories between our two rich nations.

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