As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Ahmedabad on Wednesday – 17 years after he last visited India as a Communist Party functionary – with a bouquet of investment deals aimed at surpassing Japan’s $35 billion commitment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday set the stage for the bilateral talks, terming it “Inch towards Miles”.
Interacting with Chinese journalists based in India, Modi said, “I would like to give a new terminology to my tomorrow’s meeting with the Chinese President. I call it ‘Inch towards Miles’.Inch towards Miles”.
Interacting with Chinese journalists based in India, Modi said, “I would like to give a new terminology to my tomorrow’s meeting with the Chinese President. I call it ‘Inch towards Miles’. INCH is ‘India-China’, towards MILES is ‘Millennium of Exceptional Synergy’. I believe that tomorrow’s meeting will mark a happy beginning towards this goal of ‘Inch towards Miles’.”
Apart from the investment deals, sources told The Indian Express, New Delhi wants a stronger commitment from China on the issue of terrorism since Beijing is also battling with incidents of terrorism in its western parts – in Xinjiang province.
With recent incidents in Tiananmen Square, Beijing and Taiyuan, China too is emerging as a casualty although with a much lower level of collateral damage when compared with India. A common thread for both countries is terrorism with radical Islamic leanings, which finds safe havens at a number of locations in South Asia and beyond.
While China needs to fully comprehend the damage potential of religious extremism emanating from Pakistan, New Delhi’s negotiators are trying to impress upon them about the need to use Beijing’s close military links and aid to Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies to curb terrorist elements.
Sources said that while New Delhi feels that China, with its strong influence over Pakistan’s leadership and military, can exercise useful leverage in controlling religious extremism, it is mindful of Beijing’s approach towards Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
So, the joint paragraph being negotiated by both Indian and Chinese interlocutors is expected to make a formulation that the two sides will not allow their territories to be used for activities against the other – without mentioning Pakistan. Sources said a stronger denouncement of terrorism, along with possibilities of cooperation under the rubric of Russia-India-China trilateral mechanism, is expected to figure in the discussions as well as the joint document.
Modi is also likely to gift a copy of the Gita to the Chinese President, talk aboutBuddhism values and make a bid for peace in the region.
When asked by the Chinese media about Xi’s initiative to revive the maritime silk route, Modi said, “I believe that the re-emergence of the natural trading routes would make a major contribution to building a prosperous Asia in this century.” He said the ancient silk and spice routes promoted the exchange of ideas, cultures, art, religion and spiritualism.
On the unresolved issue of border dispute, Modi talked .
By Edos News