Topics for discussion: Trade with China, Exports to China, Imports from China, Narendra Modi, Arunachal Pradesh, Stapled Visas, Xi Jinping
There is a tendency among educated Indians to compare the development of India and the development of China, and pass some comments or value judgements.
Mr. Narendra Modi, the 2014 Prime Minister of India too seems to have considered India to be in developmental race with China.
Soon after Mr. Narendra Modi took over as PM of India, Mr. Li Kequiang the PM of China, telephoned Mr. Narendra Modi and talked to him for about half an hour.
Mr. Narendra Modi was said to have recalled the visit of the Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang during the 7th Century to his native place Vadnagar, Gujarat.
Mr. Narendra Modi was reported to have extended an invitation to Mr. Xi-Jinping, the President of China to visit India.
After this- so much of exchange of cordiality and invitations to visit one another's countries, Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi visited India recently.
He was very clear about the stapled visas, being issued by China to Indian Citizens residing in Arunachal Pradesh, visiting China.
"...China has resorted to a special arrangement of issuance of stapled visa to address the need for travel of local people. This gesture is out of goodwill and flexibility and if we do not do that we will not be able to address the concern of outbound and overseas travel of these people..."
"... If this is acceptable to Indian side, it could be continued in the future as it does not undermine or compromise our respective positions on the border question and we will be able to address the question of these people... ".
"... Both India, China have willingness and capability to handle boundary issue properly and not allow it to impact on overall growth of ties. Issuance of stapled visas to people of Arunachal is 'gesture of goodwill' as there is dispute over the area between India and China..."
Here, by local people, they mean the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
What a great goodwill gesture!!! As if India is begging China to issue stapled visas.
Mr. Narendra Modi visited China four times so far, during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Great patriot Mr. Narendra Modi is very particular that Bangla Deshi Citizens who strayed into India should be driven out immediately. China occupied nearly 36,000 sq. miles of Indian territory in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh in 1962 i.e. 52 years back. Why didn't Mr. Modi show the same concern about Chinese vacating the Indian territories occupied by them.
Even if assuming that as a Chief Minister of a State, he is not free to express his views against a large neighbor, why did he visit China four times? This nobody will and can force him to do. Again, assuming that he visited China first time, to know what was going on inside the iron curtain, why did he visit China, the remaining three times?
Only during his 2014 election tour of Arunachal Pradesh, how could he suddenly remember that China had expansionist mindset?
Love thy neighbor who occupies your territory and visit his country four times for what?
I do not mean to say that Mr. Narendra Modi should declare a vocal or real war with China.
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