#2016, #Yearend 2016, #World View
The underlying mood may be tetchy, but overall India-China relations covered some important ground in 2016.
In 2016, particularly following the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) plenary in Seoul in June, India-China relations became decidedly testy. Several reasons were attributed to this and it is possible all of them had a bearing on the outcome. Critics of the Indian government’s attempt to gain acceptance as a full member of the NSG blamed that motivation. They argued the bid was premature and grossly underestimated the Chinese ability to veto India’s entry, or Beijing’s ability to stand up to a request from Washington DC.
#2016, #India-US, #Yearend 2016
India will adopt a wait and watch policy on the new US President-elect until there is greater clarity on issues of importance.
The world is still trying to come with a Donald Trump presidency in the US. Pick up any newspaper or switch on any current affairs channel anywhere in the world and the hot topic is what the chief executive-elect of the world’s most powerful country means for (depending on which city you are in) the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris Climate Pact, ties with Russia, the war in Syria, the Pivot to the East, immigration and outsourcing.
#UK Welcomes Modi, #Yearend 2015
India Inc. took stock of the recent visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UK with a high-profile summit to assess the impact on India-UK relations. “This visit has truly been a vibrant illustration of the partnership and the commitment we have to India… the UK will remain the place for India to come to within Europe,” was the message from Priti Patel, Britain’s employment minister.
#May/June 2016, #2016, #USA
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June will have as much to do with strengthening the ties forged during Barack Obama’s presidency as it will have with setting the stage for doing business with the new President who will take office in the US at the end of the year.
#February 2017, #India & China
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has struck a delicate balance of engaging with China where there is mutual benefit and standing up to the South Asian neighbour where India’s strategic interests demand.
Dealing with China is arguably Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most daunting foreign policy challenge. That’s because it is difficult to fit the Middle Kingdom into any of the comfortable stereotypes that Indian diplomats have got used to.