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Opinion | Ladakh to Xinjiang: Why are India and China Suddenly Playing Footsie?

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Opinion | Ladakh to Xinjiang: Why are India and China Suddenly Playing Footsie?

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi made a surprise, unscheduled visit to India in March. Then the Ladakh skirmishes from the Blood on the snow had not seeped away. Soon after, Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar made his now famous ‘Asian century’ remark. He said an Asian century can’t happen if India and China don’t join hands and that the two had far more common interests than differences. The Chinese nodded in agreement. “China and India are two ancient civilisations, two major emerging economies and two neighbouring countries, we have far more common interests than differences. Both sides have the wisdom and capability to help each other succeed instead of undercutting each other,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin.

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