India and China ink economic agreements, UN veto and border dispute in cold storage!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
Ever since Indian embarked upon linearization and excessive privatization by selling pubic wealth to corporates two decades ago under Congress rule, the major thrust of Indian foreign adventures has been obtaining a veto handle on discredited UNSC, alongside economic deals. All these years India pursued it covertly but now the BJP seems to have taken the lead to overtly advance India’s interests. One major thrust of its claim is the strength its population explosion, though BJP-Congress duo blames Muslims for producing more children who as they grow go to Arab nations at a very early age to send dutifully remittances to India on a regular basis, promoting the nation a strong economic power for the PM to boast of. .
Soon after he assumed power in New Delhi PM Modi accelerated foreign policy apparatus to obtain the veto handle of UN by inviting SAARC leaders and then making a shuttle tour of South Asia, Europe, USA etc and now economic powers like China and Korea are his diplomatic destinations.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the two Asian giants should build mutual trust by \”controlling their differences\” and strengthening cooperation.
Xi hosted Modi in his ancestral hometown at the start of Modi’s three-day visit to China on Thursday, as India and China worked to boost economic ties despite decades of mistrust.
\”We must work together to enhance mutual trust, control our differences and problems to avoid them interfering with bilateral relations,\” Xi was quoted as telling Modi, according to a statement on the website of China’s foreign ministry late on Thursday.
The list of problems the world’s two largest countries by population face are considerable, ranging from a festering border dispute to China’s support for India’s arch-rival, Pakistan.
Xi urged Modi to strengthen coordination on global and regional affairs and \”work together to promote the international order in a more just and fair direction\”.
\”The two sides should follow the historical trend and realise the strategic needs for our national rejuvenation to build a closer partnership for development,\” Xi told Modi.
Xi’s comments are part of a broad push to invoke nationalistic themes to win public support and legitimacy as he seeks to boost China’s role as a bigger player in international politics. They also appear to pander to Modi, who believes in a strong and proud India.
The Global Times, an influential tabloid owned by the ruling Chinese Communist party mouthpiece the People’s Daily, took aim at \”suspicions from the Western world\” about the partnership.
\”It is obvious that the Western elite doesn’t want to see India and China drawing closer to each other, because it will confront their vision for Asia’s future,\” the newspaper said in an editorial.
Xi urged cooperation in areas including railways, industrial parks, urbanisation and training to enhance what he called the \”national rejuvenation\” of both China and India. He pledged to encourage Chinese companies to invest in India.
He said China was willing to work with India to \”promote regional peace, stability and prosperity\” in South Asia.
Xi’s remarks come as international concern has deepened about China’s maritime ambitions in the South China Sea.
On Friday, Modi met Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. He will visit the economic powerhouse of S
India and China to signed 24 deals worth $10 billion in Beijing. The two have also agreed for cooperation in trade negotiations. Agreements signed to include outer space, sister cities, mines and minerals, skill development, and vocational education, among others. Consulates of respective countries in Chengdu and Chennai will also be set up.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded with an official welcome ceremony at the Eastern Plaza in the Great Hall of People in Beijing on Friday.
Prime Minister Modi, along with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, inspected the Guard of Honour before the national anthems of India and China were played at the venue.
India and China have signed 24 agreements worth over 10 billion dollars in Beijing this morning after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Business is the main focus of PM Modi’s three-day visit to China. He will meet Indian and Chinese CEOs and address businessmen in Shanghai tomorrow economic powerhouse of Shanghai after that to meet business leaders..
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India and China have \”reiterated our strong commitment to make all efforts to maintain peace and tranquility in the border region.\”
\”We have a historic responsibility to turn this relationship into a source of strength for each other and a source of good for the world,\” PM Modi said in a statement after holding talks with Chinese premier Li Keqiang, who said in his statement, \”We will serve as two engines for Asia.\”
Both leaders mentioned difficulties in the relationship and emphasised a commitment to set a new direction to ties. PM Modi said he had covered in his talks with the Chinese leaders \”all issues including those that trouble the smooth development of our relations.\”
In what appeared to be a reference to India’s concerns over China’s plans for infrastructure projects in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and its objections to China issuing stapled visas for residents of Arunachal Pradesh, PM Modi said, \”I stressed the need for China to reconsider its approach to some issues that hold us back from realising the full potential of ties and I found the Chinese leadership responsive.\”
He described his talks with Mr Li in Beijing today as \”candid, constructive and friendly\” and said, \”This is one of our most important strategic partnerships.\”
The PM said the two countries would explore a \”fair, mutually acceptable resolution\” of their boundary disputes and \”maintain peace.\” He said he had reiterated to the Chinese leadership the importance of the clarification of the Line of Actual Control and sought tangible progress on visa policy and trans-border rivers.
The Prime Minister also said that the two neighbours have \”set a high level of ambition for economic partnership.\” 24 agreements worth over 10 billion dollars were signed today after the Modi-Li talks.
Speaking before PM Modi, his host Premier Li said, \”If a truly Asian century will dawn, it will depend on whether India and China can overcome difficulties and modernise.\”
He also said, \”We do not deny we have some differences but we can manage and handle our disputes so that they don’t affect growth of ties.\”
He stressed on the need to \”further strengthen our political trust\” and said the two countries needed more communication.
PM Modi claims victory in external affairs!
PM Modi, who was on a three-day maiden visit to China as the first stop of his three-nation tour, held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping besides his counterpart Li Keqiang.
Yesterday, India and China signed a record 24 agreements in key sectors, including in railways and education. Both the countries agreed to seek a \”political\” solution to the border dispute at the earliest as PM Modi asked Beijing to \”reconsider its approach on some issues\” and announced Confidence Building Measures like e-visa for Chinese tourists and operationalisation of hotline between the two militaries.
Today, on his last day of his visit here, a total 26 business agreements worth over 22 billion dollars were signed between Indian firms and their Chinese counterparts.
On the second leg of his visit, PM Modi will visit Mongolia to become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country.
The Prime Minister will meet Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj to strengthen bilateral cooperation in diverse areas.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left Shanghai for Mongolia after wrapping up his first-ever visit to China where he held talks with the country’s top leadership and signed key agreements to boost bilateral ties, including trade.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday broke his silence on opposition criticism over his frequent foreign visits and took veiled digs at his critics back home, saying he was being attacked for \”tireless\” work and asserted that if it was a \”crime\” he would continue to do it.
Modi, who came under attack over his criticism of previous governments during his last trip to Germany, France and Canada, \”People are asking why is Modi travelling to so many countries…If you work less, criticism is normal. If you keep sleeping, criticism is normal. But it is my bad luck that I am being criticised for working more.\”
He asserted that \”If working more is a crime, I will keep doing it. My commitment is to the people.\” Addressing Indian community here before winding up his three-day China tour, he said \”times are changing\” and the world is now looking at India differently because of the performance of his government during the last one year which was a \”matter of pride\” for every citizen. Modi, who recounted that it was on this day last year that results of the Lok Sabha elections came, said he had then made three commitments — \”I will work tirelessly\”, \”I am inexperienced and will learn\” and that \”I will not do any wrong with bad intent\”.
He said he had fulfilled all the three commitments. \”For
the last one year, I have not taken even one day’s leave. I have worked day and night. Did I go on any vacation? Do I take rest? Am I not implementing my promise,\” he said. His reference to \”vacation\” may be seen as a swipe at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who is facing questions over his 56-day mysterious sabbatical.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi had last week accused Modi of playing domestic politics on foreign soil by attacking his \”distinguished\” predecessor Manmohan Singh during his visit abroad last month and sinking to a \”new low\” by referring to the UPA in \”despicable terms\” in Canada. Talking about his government’s performance over the last year, the Prime Minister said he had started doing work in the first year itself, trying to \”do the work of last 30 years\”. Because of this, the world \”trusts me more\”, he said.
\”What I sowed in one year, it needs to be nurtured. Had I done this in fifth year, nobody would take seriously. But world takes us serioulsy because I did this it in first year itself,\” he said addressing the gathering of about 5000 Indian diaspora amid chants of ‘Modi, Modi’.
Referring to his other pledge that he will \”learn\”, he said he has been trying to do it ever since he assumed office and even on foreign visits he is trying to learn the experiences and expertise for emulating in India.
With regard to his third vow that he will not do any wrong intentionally, Modi said, \”Today, far away from India on first anniversary, I can say that nobody has accused us of taking wrong step because of bad intent.\” He said he needed the blessings of people so that \”I make no mistake which may hurt my country.\” The former Chief Minister of Gujarat also recalled questions raised in run up to the last Lok Sabha elections with regard to his experience in foreign affairs.
\”People used to ask who is Modi, what does he know about foreign policy? Accusations were correct but apprehensions were wrong,\” he said, adding due to the performance of last one year, \”Indians can hold their heads high\”. Talking about his three-day China visit, he said it is being watched globally and he himself understands its significance. \”I see this visit in a different way. It has laid strong foundations which will benefit coming ages,\” Modi said.
He noted that it was for the first time in China’s history that its President had received any foreign leader outside Beijing, a gesture which was shown by Xi Jinping who travelled to Xi’an to welcome him. \”This welcome was not for Modi or my delegation, but to 125 crore Indians.\”
Pitching for closer cooperation between two Asian giants, he said, \”Do not see what India got or China got. One-third of world population lives in these two countries. Did we ever recognise this power? We just ignored it, considering ourselves poor nations.
\”But India and China, together, can help not only themselves but the entire world. On one side is one-third of the world population and on the other is rest of the world.\”
Modi said the world did not care about the developing nations till some 20 years back, but times are changing. \”I can assure you that India is preparing for this. We have a lot to give to the world,\” he said.
Voicing concern over spread of terrorism, Modi said, \”The menace of terrorism has become enemy of humanity. People are being killed in every part of the world (due to terrorism).
Who will apply balm on their injuries, who will give them a hope to live in this crisis?,\” he asked.
\”Only those whose ancestors have said ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family),\” he responded. \”It is in our DNA. We should make the world recognise this.\” On global warming, Modi said the problem was created by humans and they will only find a solution to it.
\”You can make use of the natural resources, but can not exploit them unjustly,\” he said. Lauding China’s growth story, Modi said China and India have special responsibility and they will have to walk shoulder-to-shoulder.
\”People of China have curiosity about India. It can be addressed not by me, embassy or the government but people of India who are living here,\” Modi told the audience and asked them to persuade five Chinese every year to visit India.
\”That will help China understand India,\” he said, adding that it will also help in growth of tourism which is a USD 3 trillion industry globally. \”We can not live separately. We have thousands of years of civilisational links. We have a force of people-to-people contact. We have to recognise this force,\” he added.
Noting that China has changed in 30 years and not overnight, Modi said, \”India too will have to improve growth, progress in IT, Research and Development. Once we move towards new age, we can give something to the world.\” He said in one year, World Bank, IMF or any other rating agency, in one voice, have said India is fastest developing economy and it will have more than 7 per cent growth. \”In every respect, we will take the country forward. It is our resolve,\” said Modi.