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Modi-Xi meet must go beyond song and dance and stabilise the relationship

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As diplomatic spectacles go, the Modi-Xi Mamallapuram meeting would rank very high. But optics, as India has learnt in the past, won’t impress China. The relationship has hit a turbulent patch and stabilising it is priority. If Mamallapuram can achieve that, the song and dance would be worth the effort.

Modi should ignore Swadeshi Jagran Manch protest against RCEP

RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch’s protest against Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is fallacious. A country aspiring to be the second-largest economy by 2030 cannot be protectionist. PM Modi doesn’t seek legitimacy from BJP’s ideological patron and should ignore SJM. The RSS needs Modi, and not the other way around.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Thoughtful column by Shri C Raja Mohan in Indian Express today. He urges a new found realism in dealing with China, based on the differences in comprehensive national power that have widened since PM Rajiv Gandhi’s epochal visit. It is time to create a new understanding. 2. America’s efforts to block the rise of China will fail. At some stage, it will see the wisdom of a G 2 world which President Obama had offered Chins but which they were too overcome by hubris to embrace.

    • “America’s efforts to block the rise of China will fail.” – another one of your sweeping statements on this website. Keep watching the space to check whether this becomes your self-fulfilling prophecy; the game has only just started.

      • I believe in Live and let live. When the US – China war started, there was gleeful commentary that India could / would / should profit from this. Instead, all the benefit has gone to Vietnam. And the entire global economy is tipping into recession, including the US. 2. China invests close to $ 300 billion a year on R & D, not the act of someone stealing IPR. The whole world benefits if the frontiers of knowledge on AI, renewable energy, other new technologies are pushed forward, never mind if it is the dragon or someone else. 3. Aap kitaabein padhte hain, dimaag achha hai. Humein Maalik ne bahut bada dil diya hai.

        • I agree on your BIG heart. However, your big heartedness is not without bias, which comes through. China’s superiority and Western media’s impartiality is your idee fixe. However, you are also willing to discard western studies and reports at your own convenience, sounding saintly when it suits you. One small example is your belief that China is NO infringer of IPR just because it spends $300 billion on R&D. Apki report card, aur aapke gold standards!!!

  2. The government is bound to listen to different voices, some a little more attentively than others. However, it must do what serves India’s national interest, far beyond its its term(s) in office. India’s economic ascent is being thwarted by an inability to break old ideological economic orthodoxy and shibboleths. Similar obscurantism is discernible in the sphere of education. That is not the path that will place us in China’s league. 2. Absent RCEP membership, India can close its Look / Act East file.

    • From where did you get, Economy orthodoxy is causing damage as well education lol. On both sides we are right track, we just need to leave socialism and adopt market based system with closed political system i.e tightlid on foreign religions.

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