Jittery China ‘attaches great importance’ to Swaraj’s visit

Written by | January 28, 2015 | 0

Beijing/New Delhi: After three-day long diplomatic development that witnessed an intense engagement between India and US, what is in the offing is New Delhi and Beijing sharing their common concerns across the table. As External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is going to pay an official visit to Beijing Feb 1-3, China has said that it attaches great importance to her trip.

During her three day trip to Beijing, Swaraj will be having discussion with Chinese leaders. She will also attend the 13th Russia, India and China (RIC) Foreign Ministers meeting. This will serve as an opportunity for both the countries to ease the tension resulting from strong reactions by China on the issue of South China Sea after US President Obama supported India’s greater role in Asia Pacific sea.

India will also use this visit of Swaraj to signal to China that its relations with US are not going to affect in any manner its existing ties with Beijing. China must also be looking for such an assurance from India especially after witnessing the extraordinary display of chemistry between Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Moreover, Obama’s assurance to India over its bid to get membership in UNSC and NSG has also caused jitters in Chinese power corridors. Swaraj would, therefore, have an opportunity to coax similar assurance from her Chinese counterpart.

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