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China to India: New President, Old Policy

The five-point formula put forth by newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping to bolster bilateral relations with India signifies once again that Beijing is increasingly going for a semblance of stability in relations with its largest neighbour, without making any strategic concessions on contentious issues. By Reshma Patil Mar. 25 – China’s new leadership wants to improve economic relations and maintain the uneasy pre-2008 status quo on strategic disputes with India. This message came through in the first policy statement on India from China’s new President Xi Jinping. Xi’s five-point foreign policy proposal on India is overall a friendly overture in … Continue reading

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China Model Perceived as Barrier to India’s Acquisition of Mineral Assets

By Ian Bhullar Jun. 25 – Indian policymakers see China’s state-supported model of acquiring commodities abroad as a barrier to India’s own pursuit, according to an article published in the Business Standard last week. China’s acquisition of mineral resources is supported with extensive financial and diplomatic infrastructure, including favorable loans from state-owned banks, direct government underwriting, foreign aid and multilateral initiatives like the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. Amongst many deals of this kind, the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation in 2005 bought the former Soviet Union’s largest oil company, Petrokazakhstan; in the same year the Chinese government awarded US$2 billion … Continue reading

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Pakistan Urged to Follow ‘Sino-Indian Model’

Apr. 10 – In meetings that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari had with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi on Sunday, emphasis was made on improving ties and moving decades of mistrust aside. Although terrorism was high on the agenda, so was trade, with Pakistan being urged to adopt the “Sino-Indian Model” of engaging each other; a move endorsed by Beijing. Pakistan has long held that only negotiations over Kashmir could lead to trade talks, but this has come at the expense of an unofficial impasse and a massive drop off of Indian investment into Pakistan.

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