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In June 1954, Chinese premier Zhou Enlai (R2) visits India for the first time. (CNS/Photo)

Edited and translated by Liang Jun, People's Daily Online

From May 19 to 21, Chinese premier Li Keqiang officially visits India. The relationsbetween China and India could be described as "close", but they later fell into tension.Currently, the two countries have built moderately sound diplomatic and economic tiesthanks to the joint efforts by high levels of both sides, in particular, the hugecontributions made by Chinese premiers.

Zhou Enlai

Visiting India four times to get rid of obstacle

After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, India became the firstnon-socialist country to establish diplomatic relationship with China. From 1954 to1960, Chinese premier Zhou Enlai visited India four times, which showed the greatestsincerity of Chinese government to develop bilateral ties and eliminate the obstaclebetween the two countries - the Tibet issue.

In June 1954, Premier Zhou who was attending a meeting in Geneva visited India forthe first time when the meeting adjourned and initiated the famous Five Principles ofPeaceful Coexistence.

Between November 1956 and the beginning of the next year, Zhou met with the DalaiLama three times in India and warmed him that Indian government had "acknowledgedTibet is part of China", and "rebellion is not allowed"! Eventually, the Dalai Lamareturned to Tibet in February 1957.

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In December 1991, Chinese premier Li Peng (R) pays a goodwill visit to India. (CNS/Photo)

Li Peng

China, India resume high-level visits

From Dec. 11 to 16, 1991, Chinese premier Li Peng paid an official goodwill visit toIndia, which resumed Sino-Indian high-level visits after interruption for decades. Li heldtalks with former Indian prime minister Narasimha Rao.

During the visit, the two countries signed consular treaty, memorandum on resumingborder trade and memorandum of understanding on peaceful use of outer spacetechnology and cooperation. This visit promoted all-round improvement anddevelopment of Sino-Indian ties.

Since then, Indian president, the Speaker and Secretary of Defense visited China insuccession. Chinese consulate to Mumbai and Indian consulate to China werereopened. And India abolished discriminatory restrictions and regulations for theChinese people in India.

Li's visit to India furthered understanding and friendship between both sides and playedan important role for China and India to establish a constructive partnership ofcooperation facing the 21 century.

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On Jan. 14, 2002, Chinese premier Zhu Rongji inspects the guards of honor in India. (CNS/Photo)

Zhu Rongji

Achieving economic and technical cooperation

From Jan. 14 to 18, 2002, Chinese premier Zhu Rongji led a large business delegationto visit India. During the visit,Premier Zhu held talks with former Indian prime ministerAtal Bihari Vajpayee and met with other India officials as well as elites from all walks oflife. China and India signed documents on cooperation in six fields including tourism,peaceful use of outer space, water conservancy, talents exchange, science andtechnology, and plant quarantine. Zhu also visited Mumbai, India's largest financial andcommercial center, and Bangalore, the well-known Silicon Valley, to strengthen Sino-India cooperation in trade, science and technology.

There is a general view in the two countries that Indian people have manymisunderstandings of China. But Zhu's successful visit to India has greatly changedpeople's views about China.

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On April 11, 2005, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao holds talks with former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh. (CNS/Photo)

Wen Jiabao

Establishment of strategic partnership

During April 9 to 12, 2005, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao paid a four-day official visit toIndia. China and India singed Joint Statement of the People's Republic of China and theRepublic of India and announced the establishment of strategic partnership. The bothsides also reached political guiding principle agreement on border issues. All themainstream media in India highlighted Wen's remarks "China and India are not rivals,but friends" almost at the same time.

China and India signed a Joint Statement of the People's Republic of China and theRepublic of India, announcing the establishment of the strategic partnership and theagreement on political guiding principles on border issues.

Five years later, on Dec. 15, 2010, Wen visited India again and held talks with Indianprime minister Manmohan Singh. Both sides signed a joint statement and announcedthe establishment of Sino-Indian strategic partnership for peace and prosperity. Theyalso confirmed a series of consensus on expanding mutual beneficial cooperation invarious fields.

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The idea that India is a natural counterweight to China is a bad historical joke.  

If it were, the seesawing of power between these two most populous nations would have long leveled the Himalayas, which, thanks to their peaceful natures, is doing just fine.  The counterweight appellation to India is actually an insult to the Indian people who are worth more than a paperweight or a giant dumb bell.  Only a high school sophomore miseducated outside of the Asian cultural milieu can imagine magnificent and highly cultured India being worth nothing more than just 1.2 billion cannon fodders.  In fact, India's future is bright and  limitless.  Being a counterweight can only be imagined by someone who believes India is nothing more than a mere dead weight.

Of course, Prime Minister Singh knows better than that.  He has said time and again, India is not and will not be a counterweight to China.  India has better things to do than that, such as becoming a major trading partner of the mineral and oil rich African countries, and the Africa-Middle East-Mumbai trade will one day eclipse London, Amsterdam, and any existing port of call, as India is the most strategically poised country to determine the future of Africa.

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If India and China really focused on what is good for them, they would have long settled their disputes and had accelerated ahead in 2008. That was really a great miss by both India and China. While both have been called to duty when America needed it, both had not seen any tangible rewards for their galant effort. In fact both are now being rewarded with QE after QE, add the Japanese Yen to the equation.

Unless India can trust China enough to throw its support behind China and vice versa together with the settlement of their border dispute, things won't change. Jealously won't help anyone improve, only acceptance of the reality and courage to correct will. Just the usual hoo haa.. when India visits China or vice versa. What is the point knowing the benefits of a strong thriving India-China relationship but am unable to act on it? Everybody knows if Ports in Mumbai and Goa are connected by roads and rails to Ports in Tianjin and Hong Kong, it will mean fantastic economic opportunities for 1/3 of the world's population. Everyone knows if consumers in India and China joint forces they will be a huge force to be reckoned with. But will these happen? Not the slightest chance, so why trumpet the imaginery? Be realistic, neither India nor China has the wisdom to solve their problems. Their large mass is also a problem to them because it is never easy to organize a huge crowd. If one looks into Indian media, there are more nay sayers than aye sayers. So how is it possible that India and China can work together as they trumpet?

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biztru Post time: 2013-5-21 20:30
If India and China really focused on what is good for them, they would have long settled their dispu ...
  1. So how is it possible that India and China can work together as they trumpet?
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Because there are more things btw heaven and earth than our wisdom can imagine. Non agreement with a certain development does never mean that things cannot change. Right now the world is changing fast and this process is unstoppable whether one likes it or not.

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