Sunday, May 9, 2021
Home India Is Xi's Message To PM Modi A Step For An India-China Thaw?

Is Xi’s Message To PM Modi A Step For An India-China Thaw?

Significantly, the Chinese have been sending feelers of their inclination to reach out to India only this week

Xi’s message on Friday to Prime Minister Narendra Modi extending Beijing’s support to counter the second Covid wave in India is a major step, marking the first direct communication between the two leaders following the Chennai informal summit in 2019.

Interestingly, Xi reached out to the Prime Minister, after US President Joe Biden and the Russian President Vladimir Putin had spoken to Modi, and followed up their conversation with the dispatch of planeloads of essential medical supplies to counter the second vicious wave of Covid-19.

Follow NewsGram on LinkedIn to know what’s happening around the world.

It is likely that China, which now prides itself as a “responsible global power,” did not want to be left out when key members of the UN Security Council, including Britain and France, apart from the US and Russia had reached out to New Delhi.

Yet, Xi’s outreach is significant, as Beijing now would surely be testing an Indian response. For India, the game of smoke and mirrors has already begun. New Delhi’s response must be measured and proportionate and should test out whether, behind Xi’s statement, there is a Chinese intent to dial down the frictions between the two countries.

For starters, does President Xi want to reduce tensions along the borders, which have not abated since the pullbacks from the Pangong Tso in Eastern Ladakh? Further withdrawals are likely to take place once the key strategic concerns of India and China are met. From an Indian perspective, the possibility of a two-front war involving China and Pakistan is a serious security concern.

Xi
The Chinese side will continue to do its utmost to provide support and help according to the needs of India. Wikimedia commons

From a Chinese perspective, India must not pose a threat to Aksai Chin, the area which provides a strategic link between Tibet and Xinjiang. If the Chinese are serious about normalizing, Xi’s message should be followed up with an offer for talks between the Special Representative of the two countries–National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and China’s State Councillor Wang Yi. Only if genuine progress on the borders is made by China, only then may India look at de-hyphenating the security and economic tracks between the two countries, which were fused in June last year, following the bitter Galwan valley clash between the two militaries.

Significantly, the Chinese have been sending feelers of their inclination to reach out to India only this week. After the Americans and Russian had taken to lead to bond with India to counter the second Covid wave. On Wednesday, Chinese ambassador to India, Sun Weidong tweeted that “Chinese medical suppliers are working overtime on orders from India, at least 25000 orders for oxygen concentrators in recent days. Cargo planes are under the plan for medical supplies. Chinese customs will facilitate the relevant process.”

The reference to “cargo planes” was apparently meant to bury the “scandal” of Sichuan Airlines refusing to fly its cargo planes directly to India with essential supplies, citing fears of contracting the virus. On Thursday, Chinese state councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi also got into the act of perception management. In a letter to External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Wang assured his counterpart that, “anti-pandemic materials produced in China are entering India at a faster pace to help India fight the epidemic”. He further added that “The Chinese side will continue to do its utmost to provide support and help according to the needs of India.”

ALSO READ: China’s Crackdown On Online Feminist Groups Has Been Renewed

Earlier on Monday the logistics arm under Sichuan Airlines decided to resume cargo services to India. “We are re-evaluating the original plan of suspending cargo services to India, and actively discussing a new plan to guarantee cargo services to the region,” the company said in a reply sent to the Global Times on Monday.

Ambassador Sun also sought to create the impression that there has been no interruption in Chinese supplies to India. Without mentioning any specific dates, he tweeted on Thursday that, “Since this April, #China has supplied more than 5000 ventilators, 21569 oxygen generators, over 21.48 million masks & around 3800 tons of medicines to #India, according to statistics of the General Administration of Customs of China.” (IANS/JC)

STAY CONNECTED

19,511FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Cleopatra: Last Queen Of The Nile

By- Khushi Bisht Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator is one of history's most influential and prominent female rulers, having reigned as Egypt's last queen in the...

History Of Mother’s Day

BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY Mother's Day has been observed for hundreds of years now. The origins of Mother's Day can be traced back to ancient Greek...

Breathing Exercises To Strengthen Your Respiratory System

While Covid-19 cases continue to surge, we need to be even more vigilant, while staying at home and keeping ourselves healthy and fit. While...

A Makeover Guide For All Mothers Out There

For generations, mothers have been a force of nature doing the heavy lifting when it comes to raising children right; keeping them safe, and...

Covid-19 May Cause Long-Lasting Harm To Heart: Doctors

A large number of recovered patients from Covid-19 have encountered heart problems and even patients with existing heart problems have felt its effects. The...

Make Your Mom Feel Extra Special With These Gifts

Thinking about what to get your mum for Mother's Day? Check out our compilation of ideas which makes for the perfect gift for mums...

Research Reveals Why Some Patients May Test Positive For Covid-19 After Recovery

Some virus RNA can be reverse transcribed and inserted into the human genome, finds a new study, which may explain why some people who...

Life In The Clock Tower Valley: Spelling Life In Kashmir Valley

Even as another book 'Life in the Clock Tower Valley' emerges from Kashmir, its author, Shakoor Rather says that while many past books have...

Recent Comments