The Indian elephant and Chinese dragon should not fight among themselves, instead they should dance together – that’s what the Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi intends to convey to India (not literally though).
The Chinese minister talked big about Indo-Chinese ties on Thursday (March 8) that both India and China should dance together and not fight among themselves. Further, Wang Yi also said that both countries should shed their “mental inhibitions” to manage differences and meet each other half way to strengthen bilateral ties. Wang said that India and China must do everything to focus on changes in the global situation and support each other while avoiding mutual suspicion and attrition. “Mutual trust”,he said, is the most precious commodity in bilateral relations.
The positive-vibe speech was given out during a two-hour news conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s legislature, while outlining Beijing’s foreign policy perspectives. The approach from the Chinese end certainly adds a positive spin to bilateral relations, especially just a few months after the fierce Doklam tussle. If the elephant and the dragon stops fighting, it will be like having one plus one eleven – especially from the South Asian diplomatic perspective.
China expresses that they are taking maximum possible care to preserve relationship with India, the concern on the other side of the Himalayan border is bigger than just words. India’s concern has always been territorial invasion in the northern and north-eastern region of India as well as China’s back-support to Pakistan. While Wang’s approach was positive, his reaction during the same speech, for Indo-Pacific strategy floated by India about the China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was sharper and upfront. It is almost like an infinite loop, but if Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un can agree to meet up and talk about peace and denuclearisation, then anything in the world is possible.