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PRIME MINISTER OF CHINA HAS COME TO BHARAT TO TALK PEACE.

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PEACE FOR PROGRESS IS MANTRA OF CHINESE PM
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM

LI KEQIANG, Prime Minister of China arrived in New Delhi on Sunday,19th May 2013 on a three day official visit. On becoming Prime Minister of People’s Republic of China this year, Li Keqiang chose India for his first foreign trip to promote good neighbourly relations across the Himalayas. Of the three days in India, he will have political discussions with the Indian leadership in New Delhi for two days and then move on to Mumbai, the commercial capital of India to promote mutual commerce. Of course, it is a known fact that the trade balance is heavily tilted in favour of China because India imports much more than it exports to China.
THE CHINESE ENIGMA
The first restricted high level meeting between the two top leadership took place within a few hours of arrival of the Prime Minister of China and his large entourage. Before we take a look at the nitty-gritty of the complex border problem that caused a war in 1962 that had resulted in a humiliating defeat of India, it would be a good idea to try to understand the basic character of the Chinese people as individuals and as a nation.
Historically speaking, China has never been a slave country, Even when the Imperial China was rather weak compared to the European nations and Japan, it always had its own monarch on throne in Beijing, its own currency, its own armed forces under its own generals and above all its own Chinese-Mandarin language for administration and diplomatic negotiations including drafting and signing of international treaties. With the result, both the government and the people of China had a sense of pride in their national identity even when they lost battles to the British and ceded important territories like Hong Kong. Of course, during hey day of the Imperial China, the armed might added places like Xinjiang to the Imperial Chinese Empire. By the way, the modern China carries out its nuclear tests in Lopnor in Xinjiang – the word means New Territory.
Examining the character of a Chinese individual, one finds that by and large they are a secretive people. A Chinese gentleman or a lady would make all kinds of polite conversation to get the secrets out of his acquaintance but deny the same to the outsider. It may be mentioned that a native Chinese is suspicious of omissions, commissions, writings and movements of foreigners stationed in China. This is reflected in their deep distrust of foreigners who were nicknamed as “ Foreign Devils” or YANG QUEDZ IN THE Chinese language. I am sure you will agree with me that no foreigner would relish to be addressed as a foreign devil.
In a normal polite conversation a Chinese gentleman or a lady would not like loaded questions to be posed. If a foreigner not conversant with the nature of a Chinese gentleman talks with an open mind or heart, the Chinese would politely postpone giving a definitive answer to another day or even a year. It takes time to understand the Chinese enigma and mutual interest demands postponement of solutions to ticklish issues.
CHINESE PREMIER’S THRUSTLINE
Immediately after assuming the appointment of Prime Minister, Li Keqiang spelt out his policy planning and tackling issues as per requirement in the neighbourhood. Initially he said that he would pay attention to areas if diplomatic distress and find a solution to lingering border problems. It caused a wave of contentment and many diplomats who had been cooling their heels pending posting or promotion saw a silver lining in the dark cloud covering the foreign service. However, for some it turned out to be a fool’s paradise because even after a passage of five months since then, not much is visible on the ground.
Pragmatism is the haulmark of Li’s policy. The 57 year old Prime Minister is a votary of “Deeper Comprehensive Reforms”. In a populous nation like China. Big reforms take time and many gigantic problems present themselves as roadblocs”. Nevertheless one must move on and make progress. The Prime Minister says “Howsoever deep the water may be, we will wade into it because we have no alternative.”
The philosophy of life of Li Keqiang is akin to the philosophy of the Upanishads that the Indian Rishis had been contemplating and meditating upon. It says:
“ NANYAH PANTHA VIDYATE AYANAY”
AND TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH , IT WOULD MEAN, “THERE IS NO OTHER PATH FOR US TO WALK ON,”
One may say; here goes uniformity of THOUGHT of two great neighbours across the mighty Himalayas.
The Prime Minister of China is an advocate of REFORMS. In this regard he advocates admitting the rural poor to major universities of China.
Returning to the fractured relations between India and China, we may hope that the reform oriented new Prime Minister of China would not follow the beaten track but break new grounds leading to resolution and reconciliation. Although the first meeting between two delegations was rather disappointing but the talk is going on. Li Keqiang believes in ACTION and not merely talking.He said that Talking the Talk Is Not As Good as WALKING THE TALK.

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