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'India and China bhai-bhai not at cost of Pakistan'

india Updated: May 20, 2013 01:12 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

There is every chance that a border face-off might happen again but China is looking to engage India in a way it has not done before – looking at New Delhi as an important neighbour and ally, possibly in the league of Moscow.

The next decade will be crucial for China-India relation with the new dispensation in Beijing attempting to strike a new strategic balance with New Delhi.Balance will be an important verb in the new mould of relation that China and India are rattempting to create.

“… in the coming ten years, Chinese leaders would make efforts to build up an exemplary ‘New Type of Major Power Relations’ Between China and India, live with differences, seek common development via deepened cooperation, make expanded cooperation reduce the weight of differences in the bilateral relations,” Professor Hu Shisheng, director of the South Asian and South East Asian studies at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, a Chinese government think-tank, told HT

He indicated that mutual gains between the countries would outweigh differences. “In the future, any existent bilateral differences would not have that capacity and energy to derail the development of Sino-India relations in right direction,” Hu told HT over email.

But Beijing’s new fledgling relation with New Delhi will not come at the cost of its relationship with Islamabad. “China follows a parallel diplomacy in dealing with India and Pakistan. That is to say, developing Sino-India relations will not (be) at the cost of Sino-Pak relations, and vice versa,” Hu said.

Clearly, it will take all of Beijing’s deep if opaque diplomatic skills to balance Islamabad and New Delhi.

“That Chinese new leadership pay much more importance sincerely upon its strategic relations with big neighbors while pay much importance upon its relations with its neighbors in general. As way, India is globally important strategic partner to China,” Hu said.

“Yes, in the coming ten years, Chinese leaders will focus mainly on its peripheral regions, especially (to) maintain stability with major neighbors like India, Russia and ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). Or at least treat equally its relations both with the US and with its neighbors,” Hu said. The border issue between China and India will remain, he said.

“Not very likely,” Hu said when asked whether the border question will be resolved soon.

“But may be in the coming ten years, (the two will) make some progress in LAC (Line of Actual Control),” he said.

Hu added that China and India should be sensitive to each others’ security concerns.

“..be sensitive enough to each others’ security concerns, and publicly clear any misgivings, use mechanism to make each other understand each other's purposes in a correct way…The more mutual understanding and communication, the less misjudgment and the less need to strategically seek alliance with others,” Hu said.