Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Beijing today, and said that it was time for them to rethink policies that thus far had stifled true cooperation between the two countries. The announcement came after the unveiling of some 24 diplomatic and economic agreements designed to promote communication between the two powers – but Modi also warned that the Chinese government should consider India’s grievances.
The main purpose of the visit was likely to deepen ties with the Chinese economy, while tiptoeing around the issues related to the disputed border between the two countries in the Himalayas (over which a brief war was fought in the 1960’s). These priorities appear to have been downplayed in favor of economic agreements, especially buying into the Silk Road Economic Belt strategy that China has been promoting throughout Eurasia although Indian public officials have disagreed strongly over whether they ought to lobby to participate, as Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the Indian foreign secretary, said that India was never approached for cooperation on the issue.
Additional issues included the loosening of visa requirements and the decreasing number of border security posts, both relics of the bad relations of the 1960’s.
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