22 Dec '16, 11pm

Modi's India in 2016 and a wish list for the New Year

Modi's India in 2016 and a wish list for the New Year

Resetting ties with China based on mutual respect and appreciation of the urgent needs of both countries should be a priority. Indians of Mr Modi's generation still carry the scars of India's humiliating defeat in the border war of 1962 at the hands of a vastly better prepared Chinese army. Since Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese have moved on and shifted their attention to the assertion of national interests and growth. Indians have not. They need to follow suit and replace the traumatic memory of 1962 with the business-like approach that the Chinese understand and respect. That would bridge the trust deficit between the two Asian giants. Mr Modi, who as chief minister of the state of Gujarat opened up trade opportunities for his compatriots in China, and who has a good personal equation with President Xi Jinping, is best placed to take the initiative. India's new opening to Chi...

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