Het was geen toeval dat de Chinese president Xi Jinping deze maand India bezocht, nadat premier Li Keqiang eerder al was geweest. De twee Aziatische grootmachten hebben elkaar nodig: India hoopt geld en technologische kennis bij China te vinden. En China wil graag de steeds betere samenwerking tussen India, Japan en de VS doorbreken.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to India this month was the perfect opportunity to watch the “dance of the dragon with the elephant.”
This visit was extremely important to both nations. China, in the face of its difficult diplomatic predicament in the South China Sea and the East China Sea as well as the enormous pressure from America’s “Rebalancing of the Asia-Pacific region,” wants to block any deepening alliance between America, Japan and India. This explains why last year Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chose India for his first foreign visit and why China very publicly praised Narendra Modi’s arrival as India’s prime minister.
With Modi looking to transform India’s economic development, learning from China’s experience over the past two decades in building its infrastructure and manufacturing industry is key. India needs massive external funding and technological expertise. There are currently only two countries capable of satisfying India’s requirements: Japan and China.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited India in June and told the local press that there was a huge potential for the development of trade, investment and personnel exchange between the two countries.