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Modi may become a Nixon-like statesman, says China daily

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

An article in a leading state-run newspaper of China, the Global Times, linked the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to former US president Richard Nixon. The article stated that Modi’s China visit could become an ice- breaking visit, just like Nixon’s 1972 visit. The English daily also stated that Modi has the capacity to resolve the issues between the two Asian countries.

Nixon’s visit was considered an important step in normalizing relations between the US and China, as it ended 25 years of separation between the two countries. PM Modi is expected to do the same during his three-day visit to China.

“Modi is considered as a state leader with strategic insights,” the Global Times stated.

“He may become a Nixon-style statesman because of his pragmatism and capacity to resolve major contradictions between China and India and to tackle the common challenges of development,” added the China daily.

The article titled “Modi’s Nixonian pragmatism refreshes ties,” published on the second day of Modi’s three-day visit to China, praised Modi for his “strategic insights” and “pragmatism.” Interestingly, a few days ahead of the visit, the same English daily had used “pragmatism” in a negative manner to criticize Modi. The article had stated, “Ever since Modi assumed office, he has taken the initiative to actively develop India’s relationships with Japan, the US, and European countries in no time, in order to promote the country’s poor infrastructure construction and economic development. But his diplomatic moves last year have proven that he is a pragmatist, rather than a visionary.”

This latest article, written by Y A Liu Zongyi, stated, “Modi’s victory in the country’s general elections last May has injected enormous confidence into India’s economic development as well as offering hope to the US, Japan and other nations attempting to take advantage of New Delhi to contain China.”

Liu Zongyi appealed to the two Asian giants to work together in harmony in order to achieve “common development.” He referred to the boundary disputes as an enigma in the relationship between the two countries.

“The boundary disputes are a conundrum in the bilateral relationship,” said the article, while adding, “If they can’t be solved at an earlier date, the two sides should more closely stick to the code of conduct they reached before.”

The article also talked about the economic ties between India and China stating, “New Delhi also holds an ambiguous attitude toward China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative,” which refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and other regional economic cooperation plans.

“Though it joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a founding member, there are suspicions among some Indian scholars that the bank will serve as an instrument of Chinese foreign and strategic policy,” wrote Zongyi in the article.

The piece also stated that both the countries should make efforts to bridge the differences between them.

It concluded, “It is a long-term task for the two sides to establish mutual strategic trust, but political resolutions of powerful leaders will inevitably accelerate this process.”

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Tibetan Activist Sentenced to 5 Years of Imprisonment in China

A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence "unjust" and urging his immediate release.

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A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence “unjust” and urging his immediate release.

The main evidence against Tashi Wangchuk, who was sentenced by a court in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai province, was a 2015 video by the New York Times about his campaign for saving the Tibetan language, according to his lawyer.

“Today’s verdict against Tashi Wangchuk is a gross injustice. He is being cruelly punished for peacefully drawing attention to the systematic erosion of Tibetan culture,” AI East Asia Research Director Joshua Rosenzweig was cited as saying by Efe news.

Before his arrest, the 31-year-old activist had expressed concern over the fact that many Tibetan children could not fluently speak their native language, contributing to the progressive extinction of the Tibetan culture.

Representational Image: Tibetan Teachings
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“Tashi must be immediately and unconditionally released,” demanded AI, pointing out that the activist had already spent two years in detention without access to his family.

Rosenzweig claimed that Tashi Wangchuk “was a human rights defender and prisoner of conscience who used the media and China’s own legal system in his struggle to preserve Tibetan language, culture and identity”.

In the New York Times video, the activist had highlighted “the extreme discrimination and restrictions on freedom of expression that Tibetans face in China today”.

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Non-profit Human Rights Watch (HRW) also criticized the prison term for Tashi Wangchuk, whose “only crime was to peacefully call for the right of minority peoples to use their own language”, a right safeguarded by the Chinese Constitution.

“His conviction on bogus separatism charges show that critics of government policy on minorities have no legal protections,” said HRW China Director Sophie Richardson. (IANS)

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