ENHANCING TRUST AND CONFIDENCE

While the meeting between the nations for international peace and tranquility are quite appreciable, the meeting between two neighbouring nations with the world’s largest population holds much greater significance. In this context the meetings held this week between the Chinese and Indian delegations held along the border around Diwali whereby both sides highlighted the need for peace, tranquility and understanding on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), could be small steps towards great achievement for both the nations holding sway not only in the region but across the globe today. The latest meeting between the Indian and Chinese troops during which greetings were exchanged on the occasion of Diwali at Wacha in Arunachal Pradesh’s Anjaw district and at Bum-La in Tawang district, in presence of women and children, though being primarily military-to-military ties at ground level, were aimed at enhancing the mutual trust and friendship not only between the two border guarding forces but between the people of the two mighty nations housing the largest consumers due to which both are the centre of focus for all the nations to safeguard their present and future business interests.  It is a fact that the global power equations stand changed today with the world realizing the need to prioritize the economic interests of the nation foremost. India has also made a drastic shift in its priorities on the economic front over a period of past two decades especially after the Modi led NDA Govt took the reins of the World’s largest democracy in its hands. The vibrant Indian PM has been vociferous on two main fronts namely economy and establishing global peace during his visits to various parts of the world. However our immediate neighbour China also being on the forefront as the nation with the largest number of consumers has the full potential of giving a tough fight on the economic front which India can’t ignore. As such there is a dire need to ensure absolute peace along the LAC. As emerging powers of Asian region as well as the whole world, the policies and attitude of these two nations are going to have a direct impact upon their future prospects in taking lead on the economic as well as the global power front. In such a situation both the nations have no option other than addressing all their outstanding issues on security especially the border dispute and that would automatically lead to acceleration towards opening of trade between these two nations ultimately beneficial for both the nations. Both the nations need to understand that without partnering with each other integration of Asian regionalisation would continue to be far from being smooth. Though China has been sometimes resorting to activities irking India, the latest being the commencement of bus service through PoK, yet India must take the lead in establishing a fine line balance between its economic as well as security interests. In this direction the issue that needs to be first addressed is the connectivity problem between India and China and this can only be solved through a cooperative and inclusive approach as against a competitive and exclusive one. Geo-economics and Geo-culture must take priority over competitive geopolitics to address the problem of connectivity between these two most important Asian countries. It is hoped that both the nations initiate a slew of other similar measures that would have multiple advantages for both India and China without compromising on their respective security concerns. However, enhancing trust and confidence between the two nations should be the topmost priority.