Hu Jintao last visited India in 1984.
Twenty-two years later, as the Chinese president renewed ties with his closest Asian rival, he saw an India that had changed considerably.
Politically, India is no longer dominated by a single party but instead is governed by relatively stable if somewhat unruly coalitions.
Economically the country is snapping at China’s heels, competing with it for global energy resources to feed its fast-growing economy while also presenting an attractive market for Chinese goods.
So the tone for the visit was set right at the beginning – a gracious formalness befitting two proud and ancient civilisations combined with a brisk, businesslike, if bullish, approach. [Full Text]