Wuhan Summit: A milestone in Indo-Chinese Relations?


After the Wuhan summit, both India and China are attempting to showcase a bonding between the two nations but the detailed analysis of the summit indicates that there has been no substantial progress on the issues the two Asian countries are facing with each other. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met over the Wuhan summit to build an understanding on the territorial and economic disparity between the two nations.

Amidst pressure on PM Modi and his party BJP to improve the relations with China, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said: “We have been able to maintain peace and tranquility along the Chinese Border, particularly after the Wuhan summit. Common directions were issued and they are being followed”.

The conflict over CPEC as well as the 73 day standoff at Doklam has prompted PM Narendra Modi and President Xi to explore peace talks at a crucial time.

“In the current profound dynamic international situation, the sound development of China-India relations conforms to the fundamental interests of both countries,” the Chinese foreign ministry said, summing up the Sino-India ties this year. 

“Looking forward to the year 2019, China is ready to work with India to enhance political mutual trust, deepen exchanges and cooperation across the various fields, properly manage differences and promote faster, better and more stable development of China-India relations, guided by the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries,” it said in a written reply to PTI. 

Despite giving no indication of decreasing hostility on the border, the Ministers and officials have engaged in positive exchanges with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj calling Wang Yi, the foreign minister of China her close friend and brother.

India and China are also facing a trade deficit over the last few years and Wuhan summit was also another direction to address this issue in addition to the multilateral forums where India and China are cooperating. But the statements from Army Chiefs and Navy Commanders depict a complete opposite picture. As per Indian Navy Chief Admiral Lamba, around 6-8 Chinese Navy Warships are present in the Northern Part of Indian Ocean at any given moment. Chief Admiral Lamba also expressed concern over the growing number of Chinese submarines in the area and their supposed anti-piracy operations. Doing its part of preparations, India is inaugurating a new airbase INS Kohasa on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands located at a critical spot close to Indonesia and Malacca Straits. 


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