India to initiate talks with China soon after the recent Agreement with United States

Manohar Parrikar

New Delhi: Manohar Parrikar- the Union Minister for Defence in India is set to visit Beijing on coming Monday, for initiating talks with the counterpart and top- ranking military officials from China, on the issue of how the agreement to improve security along their border will be implemented.

It was seen that the said Indian Defence Minister- Parrikar and earlier called United States Defence Secretary- Ash Carter and in the meeting he has sign a ground- breaking agreement on logistics.

Moreover, the officials from the Indian Ministry of Defence found taking pain to say that the intention in the principle for helping the Indian and United States militaries better co- ordinate, including exercises, should not be interpreted as an effort to partner with the United States against growing Chinese influence.

However, as per the analysts, who said that the India will be finding this as difficult to walk the balancing act for better ties with China while simultaneously enhancing its security interests in the region.

As per the Defense analyst- Nitin Mehta from India found stated that, now the New Delhi will need to convince china that “it is not a front- line state in US efforts to check Beijing’s influence in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean region.”

However, as per the senior associate- Ashley J. Tellis at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said that the “India is already a front- line state: it exists uncomfortably close to growing Chinese military power in Tibet, China’s present in South Asia and in the Indian Ocean and now China’s assertiveness in Southeast Asia, which threatens sea lanes in India for communication to East Asia.”

It was seen that the Narendra Modi- Prime Minister of India after his coming into the power since from the year 2014 (May) kept up efforts for improving ties with Beijing, however, several rounds of talks have not yielded results for resolving the boundary dispute over which the two countries fought a brief battle in the year 1962, and prospects appear dim in the near future.

Moreover, as per Tellis who said the Government of the current Prime Minister- Modi “wants to segregate the bilateral strategic competition from the other areas of the possible co- operations. He also added that this strategy has a good chance of success, so long as the dispute on border will be kept in silence.

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