It seems that the tense relationship between India and China is beginning to relax. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has referred to the nations’ border disputes as “contained”, and is optimistic about progress in their negotiations. While September’s Chinese intrusions into Chumar, an Indian facility in Jammu and Kashmir, where not well received by New Delhi, the general tone has been that India is ready to set aside conflict in favor of economic cooperation.
The planned visit of Prime Minister Modi to China next month is looked to with excitement because of all this. Not only are the possibilities of nuclear energy and other cooperative economic plans to benefit both nations, but a combined Indo-China front will help the two in their negotiations with other nearby countries. This marks the hopeful beginning of “a new paradigm of bilateral engagement”.