Chennai Connect: On Xi-Modi informal summit

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Chennai Connect: On Xi-Modi informal summit

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Modi and Xi have not allowed recent disagreements to cloud their meeting
Just ahead of the Chennai informal(अनौपचारिक) summit(शिखर सम्मेलन) between China’s President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior officials said the purpose(उद्देश्य) of the second meeting of its kind, following the Wuhan summit, was for the leaders to show that they are “getting down to business”. Cutting through much of the pomp (धूमधाम/वैभव)and show at Mamallapuram, the leaders ensured(सुनिश्चित किया ) just that — by putting “business” first. In a decision taken after their talks, the leaders established(स्थापना) a “High-Level Economic and Trade Dialogue mechanism” between the Finance Ministers with the three-pronged objective(उद्देश्य) of enhancing(बढ़ाने ) trade volumes, bridging(पुल बांधना) the massive(बड़े पैमाने पर) bilateral(द्विपक्षीय ) trade (व्यापार )deficit(घाटा), and increasing(बढ़ाना) mutual investment in sectors agreed(सहमत ) upon. If the mechanism works, it will not only succeed in taking away one of the major irritants(अड़चन) in ties but also allow influential(प्रभावशाली ) stakeholders (हितधारकों )in the business communities of both countries to promote( बढ़ावा देना) ties (संबंधों )as well as help New Delhi and Beijing work more closely on the multilateral(बहुपक्षीय ) stage. A key test of the bonhomie(अच्छा स्वभाव) and trust-building will be seen towards the month-end when the two leaders attend the ASEAN-led summit in Bangkok that is due to announce the conclusion(निष्कर्ष) of the 16-nation free trade Regional Comprehensive(व्यापक/विस्तृत) Economic Partnership agreement. India has been reluctant(अनिच्छुक/.असन्तुष्ट) to join it thus far, mostly because of concerns(चिंताएं) over China’s predatory(हिंसक/लोभी) trade policies. Among the key takeaways from the Chennai summit, which added the “Chennai Connect” to the “Wuhan Spirit(भाव)”, was the decision to mark the 70th anniversary, in 2020, of the establishment of India-China relations. The others were to nudge the Special Representatives(प्रतिनिधि) on the boundary issues to meet soon to add more confidence (आत्मविश्वास )building measures(उपाय ), to cooperate on fighting terror, and to continue the “informal summit” series, with Mr. Modi attending(भाग लेने वाले ) the next meeting in China next year.

Above all, the leaders decided, as they had in Wuhan, that they would “prudently(“विवेकपूर्ण ढंग से) manage” differences and not allow “differences to become disputes(विवाद )” or as Mr. Xi put it, “dilute(न्यूनता/घटती) cooperation”. This is easier said than done as many of the bilateral disputes appear to have an external factor(कारक). India often sees China through the prism of its ties with Pakistan, while China looks constantly(लगातार) for an American role in Indian actions. Both the China-Pakistan “Economic Corridor(आर्थिक गलियारा) and the U.S.-India joint Indo-Pacific vision have further derailed(पछाड़ दिया/ पटरी से उतार दिया)bilateral trust. It is thus necessary to remove the worry of “third parties” from the room if New Delhi and Beijing are to move beyond laying the foundations(नींव/मूल) of engagement and building atmospherics(माहौल) to actually (वास्तव में)resolving(हल करना) the serious issues they have in territorial(क्षेत्रीय), economic and strategic(रणनीतिक ) areas. Only when they see each other as independent and autonomous(स्वायत्त ) decision-makers will the leaders realise their vision(दृष्टि) of an Asian century where the “elephant and dragon” learn to dance.

Important Vocabulary

1. Bridging(पुल बांधना
Synonyms: span, traverse, unite, attach, bind
Antonyms: disconnect, disjoin, divide, leave, separate

2. Derailed(पछाड़ दिया/ पटरी से उतार दिया)
Synonyms: crash, hinder, thwart, wreck
Antonyms: aid, assist, encourage, forward

3. Enhancing(बढ़ाने )
Synonyms: add to, appreciate. augment, boost, build up
Antonyms: decrease, diminish, discourage, hurt, lessen

4. Irritants(अड़चन)
Synonyms: aggravation, bother, burden, nuisance, trouble
Antonyms: aid, happiness, help

5. Massive(बड़े पैमाने पर)
Synonyms: big, colossal, enormous, extensive, gargantuan
Antonyms: common, dwarfed, inconsequential, insignificant, limited

6. Predatory(हिंसक/लोभी)
Synonyms: greedy, marauding, rapacious, voracious, bloodthirsty

7. Pomp (धूमधाम/वैभव)
Synonyms: fanfare, formality, grandeur, solemnity, splendor
Antonyms:insignificance, dullness, modesty, simplicity, plainness

8. Prudently(“विवेकपूर्ण ढंग से)
Synonyms: brilliantly, judiciously, logically, rationally, reasonably
Antonyms: badly, foolishly, stupidly, unintelligently

9. Reluctant(अनिच्छुक/.असन्तुष्ट
Synonyms: afraid, averse, cautious, circumspect, hesitant
Antonyms: bold, careless, certain, confident, definite

10. Spirit(भाव)”
Synonyms: character, courage, energy, enthusiasm, essence
Antonyms: apathy, cowardice, fear, idleness, inactivity

11. Vision(दृष्टि)
Synonyms: eyesight, perception, view, eyes, faculty
Antonyms: actuality, blindness, fact, reality, sightlessness

 

Credit To The Hindu News Paper

Just ahead of the Chennai informal summit between China’s President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior officials said the purpose of the second meeting of its kind, following the Wuhan summit, was for the leaders to show that they are “getting down to business”. Cutting through much of the pomp and show at Mamallapuram, the leaders ensured just that — by putting “business” first. In a decision taken after their talks, the leaders established a “High-Level Economic and Trade Dialogue mechanism” between the Finance Ministers with the three-pronged objective of enhancing trade volumes, bridging the massive bilateral trade deficit, and increasing mutual investment in sectors agreed upon. If the mechanism works, it will not only succeed in taking away one of the major irritants in ties but also allow influential stakeholders in the business communities of both countries to promote ties as well as help New Delhi and Beijing work more closely on the multilateral stage. A key test of the bonhomie and trust-building will be seen towards the month-end when the two leaders attend the ASEAN-led summit in Bangkok that is due to announce the conclusion of the 16-nation free trade Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement. India has been reluctant to join it thus far, mostly because of concerns over China’s predatory trade policies. Among the key takeaways from the Chennai summit, which added the “Chennai Connect” to the “Wuhan Spirit”, was the decision to mark the 70th anniversary, in 2020, of the establishment of India-China relations. The others were to nudge the Special Representatives on the boundary issues to meet soon to add more confidence building measures, to cooperate on fighting terror, and to continue the “informal summit” series, with Mr. Modi attending the next meeting in China next year.

Above all, the leaders decided, as they had in Wuhan, that they would “prudently manage” differences and not allow “differences to become disputes” or as Mr. Xi put it, “dilute cooperation”. This is easier said than done as many of the bilateral disputes appear to have an external factor. India often sees China through the prism of its ties with Pakistan, while China looks constantly for an American role in Indian actions. Both the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the U.S.-India joint Indo-Pacific vision have further derailed bilateral trust. It is thus necessary to remove the worry of “third parties” from the room if New Delhi and Beijing are to move beyond laying the foundations of engagement and building atmospherics to actually resolving the serious issues they have in territorial, economic and strategic areas. Only when they see each other as independent and autonomous decision-makers will the leaders realise their vision of an Asian century where the “elephant and dragon” learn to dance.


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