Speaking Of Asia: China-India: That sinking feeling

That the Modi-Xi meeting in southern India took place at all is a feat in itself in view of the issues bedevilling bilateral ties.

It is a safe bet that after his recent trip to southern India for an informal summit meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping has a better appreciation of the Cholas and Pallavas that once ruled the region than most Indians outside Tamil Nadu state, seat of these erstwhile dynasties.

What's not clear is if he has taken away a better appreciation of India's strategic concerns vis-a-vis his own giant nation. And crucially, whether he is inclined to do anything about it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2019, with the headline 'China-India: That sinking feeling'. Print Edition | Subscribe