Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
India and China have committed to bilateral trade at $16/person in their two countries for the next five years.
Science, space, agriculture, education, tourism and nuclear energy are the main targets.
Still, there are concerns between these two population giants.
Here are four of them –
1. China’s dealing with India apart from its (China’s) relations with Pakistan
2. How China views the US-India nuclear deal
3. How China handles India’s proposals of coordination among Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar
4. India’s claim to a permanent seat on the UN security council.
It reminds me of a sumo match – two very very fat people trying to get along when their real intentions are to level one another.
I don’t think China or India, either one, has aspirations of dominating the other at the expense of the other.
However, I may be wrong.
What do you think?
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Interesting topic. I reckon China never thought India was their important trade partner or rival until now. China is a world manufactory floor while India is a global call center.—- different competitive advantage. Anyone who visited Shanghai and Mumbai, two biggest economic centers in these two countries, will say that China is way more industrialized than India. When talking about Indian to Chinese people(Shanghaiese in particular), they will probably tell you that 70 years ago, Indian were working as doormen in Shanghai. So deep inside, Chinese even look down Indians.
Things are certainly changing now when China realises the competition from India is real and serious. India is claiming to switch their focus from back office service to manufactory; Indian has English language advantage over China; Chinese Yuan is forced to appreciate against US dollar, etc.
So, in my opinion, China may not want to dominate India, but certainly sees the potential threaten and makes a first step to give India a message “I will give you benefits in the trading, just do not compete against me”.
What do YOU think?
I like your Sumo match analogy…
P.S. FYI, the link “next five years” pointed to a wrong article.
Chinese policy towards India, was one of contempt. To accurately describe a chinese, it is said that ” a Chinese would not spare, even a smile, unless there is something to gain “. The world may be mesmerized by the sky scrappers in Sanghai, but the bottom line is, the Chinese can not be trusted.
The recent softening of Chinese policies toward India, is a recognition of India’s emergence as a potential competitor and is a calculated move to prevent India from forming any meaningful alliance with the US. Indian policy makers should never lose focus of the fact that China is the enemy number one, strategically, economically and politically. India must be prepared for any future millitary conflict with China and develop capabilities to inflict unacceptable destruction, as a deterrent.
A pragmatic Indian
I wonder if the last posting is an indication of the general concensus amongst other indian nationals. I do agree that China’s softening of policies against India is largely due to the realization that India is going to ride along side in this Asian economic boom. I certainly don’t think that China is affraid of competition nor do i think India is going to soften competition against China for any reason. If competition exists then either side will have to strive to become better, I think this is healthy competition.