Xi Jinping quotes Tagore while West woos Narendra Modi for Arms Deals

Narendra Modi’s visit to Brazil for BRICS later this month was the subject of much speculation last week in the international media. The ongoing Iraq crisis, resultant fall of the Rupee and comments by the Chinese President Xi Jinping make it to the weekly round-up as Team Niticentral takes stock of the India and NaMo buzz across the globe.

The India-Chinese equation is under heavy scrutiny by media from all over the world. The recently concluded anniversary meet of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence Agreement provided an insight into how the Chinese leadership would like to be perceived on its views of India.

According to a Reuters report that appeared in the Jamestown Sun on the 60th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence Agreement signed between China, Myanmmar and India, Chinese President Xi Jinping was quoted recalling the words of Rabindranath Tagore:

“That if you think friendship can be won through war, spring will fade away before your eyes”

His references to the Nobel Laureate’s words were ostensibly meant to signal that China had no expansionist intentions with the Chinese President claiming that ‘Hegemony or militarism is not in the genes of the Chinese.’ The Chinese President’s praise of India and warmth towards the new Narendra Modi-led Government were overshadowed last week by the controversy of a Chinese map showing Arunachal Pradesh as a part of China, in a grim reminder of the distance this relationship has to travel to resolve outstanding border issues.


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