India & China

Competitive cooperation

Print edition : September 17, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi explains the working of the spinning wheel to Chinese President Xi Jinping at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad on September 18. Photo: PTI

India is wary of China’s influence in what it considers its backyard. Before his India visit, Xi visited the Maldives and Sri Lanka and promised huge amounts of aid for infrastructural projects in both the countries. Here, Xi is seen with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo. Photo: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP

Xi with Maldives President Abdulla Yameen in Male. Photo: MOHAMED SHARUHAAN WAHEED/AFP

President Xi Jinping’s visit resulted in India and China affirming their commitment to strengthening their partnership “on the basis of the principle of equal security and mutual sensitivity for each other’s concerns and aspirations” despite persisting clouds of mutual suspicion.
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