India and China’s new course – Sanjoy Majumder

 Media Images 42348000 Jpg  42348716 Tibetanfireafp203 Media Images 41850000 Jpg  41850374 Shake203Afp Media Images 42348000 Jpg  42348706 203Hu-Afp From BBC News:

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]

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