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A Toast To Strategic Health

While the narrative of incursion and excursion continues, no shot is fired in anger. Contrast this with the India-Pak border, where shots are fired in rage

10/1/2014 12:57:42 PM
written By : MJ Akbar Print

Once is never enough in the carefully crafted, meticulously guarded language of diplomacy. It is repetition which sets the pace. In his formal address at the banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee, Chinese President Xi Jinping said he was convinced that a “China-India strategic and cooperative partnership will make even bigger progress and contribute to an even brighter future for our two countries and to progress and prosperity of this region and the world at large”. And then, in a second mention, he raised a toast to this strategic partnership.

Message from Beijing: we will be serious about this discussion the next time our officials meet. So far, this particular aspect of the India-China dialogue has fluctuated on the assumption that each conversation be deemed successful if both sides manage to agree on a date for the next meeting. Presumably that will change.

So where precisely are the regions for strategic cooperation that will help the world at large? Which parts of this very difficult and acrimonious world are we talking about?

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