The press briefing by foreign secretary S Jaishankar, on the Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping meeting at Xiamen after the BRICS summit, did not reveal anything substantial. What it did, however, underscore is that India and China are ready to work together to enhance mutual trust and strengthen bilateral relations.While the countries seemed focused on “constructive and forward-looking” approach with the Astana consensus on not letting differences turn into disputes duly plugged in, the two Asian giants made sure that not too many details of the meeting — the first such apex level interaction following the 73-day standoff at Doklam — were divulged. To be sure, the meeting did reinforce the larger vision of Brics and recent summit deliberations that impact both India and China.The meeting took place in the backdrop of a long and rough patch of major differences and accompanying tensions within the prevalent power asymmetry that clearly favours China. These include China’s ambitious One Belt One Road project, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, India’s longstanding bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group, and the Doklam crisis.At Doklam, India not only displayed resolute political stamina but exhibited classical attributes of a great power in so dexterously conflating… Read full this story
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