Monday, December 20, 2010

Prof. Kondapalli on "Bilateral Give And Take" in Sino-India Relations

Dr. Kondapalli, Professor in Chinese Studies at the Centre, on "Bilateral Give And Take" in Sino-India Relations in The Times of India asserts that the joint communique, unlike previous such bilateral announcements, was surprisingly silent on the much-anticipated Chinese reversal of stapled visas to Kashmir residents in India. In fact, there is also no mention either of Tibet or Taiwan as parts of China for the first time. The two sides, however, reiterated that "sensitivity for each other's concerns and aspirations" should be respected. This is an indication that, during hard diplomatic bargaining, South Block had been insisting effectively on the reciprocity principle possibly for the first time.

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