Will India's relation with China take a different turn from here after Modi's visit to the country? is a question that is doing the rounds now. Modi may have cleared all his doubts regarding the border issues with the Chinese President Xi Jinping, but citizens are still sceptical.
Wasn't the Sino-Pak agreement on the economic corridor in Pakistan signed after Xi visited India? What about the recurrent incursions in Tibet and parts of Arunachal Pradesh?
At an international press conference, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed the terms of the 24 bi-lateral agreements between the two nations. Ties were strengthened in:
- Education Exchange Program
- Mining and Mineral sector
- Space Co-operation
- Broadcasting btwn CCTV & DD
- Tourism Co-operation
- India-China Think Tank Forums
- Earthquake Science & Engineering
- Development Research Centre and NITI Aayog
- Co-op on Ocean Science
- Establishment of Provincial & State leaders
No border policies?
The topic was vaguely covered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and no agreements or ties were mentioned.
Modi said,"I sought tangible progress on issues relating to visa policy and trans-border rivers. I also discussed some of our regional concerns. We re-iterated need and importance for peace on borders."
He further added,"We both reiterated our strong commitment to make all efforts to maintain peace and tranquility in the border region. We agreed that we continue to explore a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable resolution."
Nathu-la pass opened
Good news for Indian pilgrims! China has agreed to open the route to the Kailash Mansarovar in June. PM Modi said,"This has been a very productive & positive visit. I look forward to working with President Xi and Premier Li."
He further added,"Decision to open consulates in Chengdu & Chennai reflects growing mutual confidence & shared commitment to expand relations."
All said and done, resolution of border issue still seems to be a thing of the future.