IDF TABLES THE PAPER PRESENTED IN HAINAN ON INDIA CHINA COOPERATION POST PRESIDENT XI JINPING & PM MODI MAY SUMMIT AT WUHAN & QUINDAO ON 16TH MARCH 2019 AFTER READING AMBASSADOR LOU ZHAOHUI ‘s LONG EDIT IN INDIAN EXPRESS WITH PHOTOS OF CHINA’S SUVs BUSES AT 70% COST OF INDIA AND HIGH QUALITY LIKE THEIR MOBILES .
Cmde Retd Ranjit B Rai Ex Vice President Indian Maritime Foundation
I thank the Hainan University that pursues Public Diplomacy for inviting me again to discuss a relationship between two great countries India and China which were friends and rich two centuries ago, then were humiliated by Foreign Powers and cohesion was lost between the two after the 1962 border war. Today both are rising and appear more friendly despite disagreements our relationship will matter in the future of Asia. Xiexie 谢谢 again.
I come at a time when security architecture dominated by the United States, wishes to include India, Japan, and Australia into a QUAD and China US is in a trade war. In March 2018, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi dismissed the ‘Indo-Pacific’ as ‘an attention-grabbing idea’ that would ‘dissipate like ocean foam’. Interestingly, however, Chinese thinking seems to have undergone a major transformation since then, turning ‘adversity’ into ‘opportunity’. As the Chinese saying goes, “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.”
How China and Hainan can contribute in these circumstances will be presented. We have differences. In 2017 India became a member of the China-dominated Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) with Pakistan with whom India has border issues and China has the CPEC. India’s entry has increased the eight-member group’s heft in regional geo-politics giving it a pan-Asian hue. I am here to present a picture of BRI from India as a member of Indian Maritime Foundation and present these personal views after studying the private meeting between President Xi Jinping and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Wuhan in May 2018 and then they met again few weeks later at Qingdao in June to attend the annual (SCO) Summit. India is in the throes of a watershed election with Hindu party BJP trying to win the mandate again. Continue reading