India, China hold strategic dialogue
The Dollar Business Bureau
India and China on Wednesday conducted a strategic dialogue to strengthen their bilateral relations. This is the first ever strategic dialogue between the two nations nearly 67 years after they established diplomatic relations, and the first ‘strategic dialogue meet’ after 30 bilateral dialogues that happened over the years. Many have labelled this visit by the Indian foreign secretary as a significant one albeit not as historic as Nehru’s visit in 1954 or Rajiv Gandhi’s visit in 1988 nor the recent visit by PM Modi in 2015, but significantly important and strategic enough for the world to sit up and notice.
The foremost agenda of the foreign secretary is to try and understand China’s reluctance to support India’s membership to the NSG and its ‘technical hold’ over refusal to tag the Chief of JeM, Masood Azhar as a terrorist in the United Nations. As many foreign affairs analysts have pointed out, Jaishankar must include in his talks the issue of the un-demarcated Indo-China border, China building a dam on the Brahmaputra river and most importantly its unnerving presence in the Indian Ocean Region.
China’s Foreign Minister, while welcoming Jaishankar, said that India and China are two important developing economies and emerging markets in the world, therefore the discussions would create a good base for the success of the strategic dialogue and also added that China attaches high importance to the reconstituted dialogue. He said, “I am certain by raising the level of this strategic dialogue the two sides will be able to enhance their strategic communication, reduce misunderstanding and build more trust and deepen our strategic cooperation. In this way, we can be able to better tap the potential of bilateral ties and meet our responsibilities for stability in the region.”
In his opening address at the strategic dialogue, Jaishankar said, “We have rightly surpassed the bilateral manifestations of our relations. Now what happens between the two nations has great global as well as regional significance.”