Speaking Of Asia

Hints of a thaw in Sino-Indian ties

Troop pullback announcement and praise for Delhi’s stand on IPEF are positive notes in a relationship marked by deep suspicion

In August, India voiced its objections to a Chinese navy survey vessel using a mostly unused Sri Lankan port to resupply. PHOTO: AFP

If this had been a Bollywood movie script, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, onstage at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand last week, would have looked at each other for a long moment, then folded the other in a prolonged embrace before turning their eyes skyward to the future with perhaps a song about the Old Silk Road playing in the background.

For the moment, such thoughts must remain wishful thinking; although both leaders did share a stage for the obligatory SCO summit photograph, the two found it difficult to share a dinner table and gave the pre-summit informal feast organised for summit participants a miss.

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