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India’s Position as a Large and Modernizing Asian Power Mirrors that of China, Writes Analyst

Jan. 24, 2019 (EIRNS)—Writing for East Asia Forum, Chris Ogden, Professor of Asian Security at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, pointed out that despite negative views by various analysts, India-China relations are stable.

He stated that differences between the two do exist in various areas,

“but at their core, India-China relations rest upon several shared affinities: a goal to become a modern and developed country, a self-conception as a great power of global weight and a desire to realize a more equitable world order. These affinities emanate from each country’s domestic sphere and point to a strategic congruence that underpins their interactions.”

Ogden’s analysis reflects the accumulated effects of the several 2018 meetings that took place between Indian Premier Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping. According to unconfirmed media reports, Xi will be visiting India early this year.

Ogden, whose article is entitled “India and China: Two Peas in a Pod,” said India’s position as a large, developing and modernizing Asian power mirrors that of China.

“China was also mistreated by major Western powers (during the Century of Humiliation) prior to the realization of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Shared narratives about attaining full autonomy in international affairs, gaining economic and military self-sufficiency, and leading the renaissance of the region culminating in an Asian Century all underpin the common trajectory and ambition that binds these two countries together,”

Ogden wrote.

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