According to Indian media reports, Indian Defence Minister Parrikar arrived in China on April 16 for the start of a five-day state visit. Meanwhile, Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow while Indian National Security advisor is expected to visit to Beijing this week. American Defence news quoted an expert starting that these high-level meetings between India and China reveal that India is not “trailblazing” with the U.S. in the Asia-Pacific region in effort to control China
India’s New Delhi TV reported that Parrikar arrived in Shanghai on April 16 and is expected to hold talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang followed by a senior Chinese defence officials on April 18. Officials accompanying Parrikar also stated that the Minister will also meet with the PLA official responsible for managing the India-China border region. The Times of India reported that this is Parrikar’s first visit to China since assuming his current position and is the first visit by an Indian Defence Minister in nearly three years. Parrikar’s visit will strengthen the relationship between the two country’s defence ministers. He will hold talks with defence officials to discuss how best to effectively carry out the October 2013 MOU on cooperation on the border area. The Tribune reported that prior arriving in China, Parrikar expressed that he has once message he wants to give China: “India does not see China as the enemy”.
Following Parrikar’s visit to China, Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and China’s Defence Minister will hold the 19th round of India-China border talks, reported the Deccan Herald. State Council Official Yang Jiechi will also attend these talks but the two leaders will also meet separately for talks. Additionally, the 14th round of the China-Russia-India Foreign Minister talks will also be held on April 18, where Sushma Swaraj and Wang Yi will meet. PTI reported that in the past two years cooperation between the two defence ministries has continually been strengthened while the frequency of high-level meetings has also increased. Last year China’s CMC Vice chairperson Fang changlong visited India. With regard to communication on military affairs and establishing trust, these mechanism have made slow but steady progress, reported the Times of India.
Ahead of Parrikar’s visit a number of Indian media reported that India-China relations are currently facing a thorny phase. One problem is China pushing aside India’s application at the Security Council to add the head of a an armed group to the list of sanctions list, an issue that has triggered a lot of strong and firm opposition within India. A DNA expert commented India may raise this issue during these meetings. To add to that, the U.S. Defence Secretary Carter recently completed a visit to India during which a logistics sharing agreement on was completed. The Hindu reported that China’s approach to this issue was extremely cautious. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson expressed that internationally India is an important and influential country that for a long period of time has maintained an independent and non-aligned foreign policy, and that India has every right to formulate its policy according to its interests.
The Deccan Herald also reported that following India and the U.S. agreement on sharing military bases, India wants to use these high level meetings and discussions to “settle Beijing’s anger”. India wants to alleviate China’s recent concerns regarding India, U.S. and Japan’s military and political cooperation. A high level official stated New Delhi wants to tell Beijing that closer relations between India and the U.S. is not directed at China.
American Defence news reported that India will discover that balancing improving relations with China and strengthening its own security interests is very difficult. JNU Professor of International Relations Sing stated that China and India’s actions are aimed at developing their economy and realist competition is not an option that both sides want to select. The American Carnegie Centre for International Peace researcher Terry expressed that both countries are well intentioned, yet security and competition always intrude and is very hard to get rid off.
【环球时报记者 郭媛丹 环球时报特约记者 任重】据印度媒体报道，该国国防部长帕里卡尔16日抵达中国，开始为期5天的访问行程。与此同时，印度外交部长斯瓦拉杰18日将在莫斯科与中国外交部长王毅会面，印国家安全顾问多瓦尔则预计本周到访北京。美国《防务新闻》援引分析人士的话称，印方最近与中方高层频繁互动是想表明，他们并非美国在亚太地区遏制中国的“排头兵”。