What is Store for Key Bilateral Meet Between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping ?

The BRICS summit on the 15th of this month is undoubtedly in the limelight not only in the eyes of the participating nations, but even more so in the eyes of the rest of the world. The BRICS is often reckoned as the ‘New World Order’. But in India the spotlight will be on the bilateral between the leaders of India & China.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi & Chinese President Xi Jinping will be meeting in Goa on the sidelines of BRICS this Saturday. The two issues that are expected to dominate talks are – the ban on Masood Azhar & India’s NSG bid.

Although Beijing has shown signs in the recent past of going soft on India’s bid for an NSG seat, no substantial steps have been taken on the matter by our neighbor.

Also ahead of this bilateral in Goa, Pakistan has told the UN Committee in Geneva that it expects a non-discriminatory, criteria-based approach to be followed for expanding NSG’s membership.

Pakistan’s permanent representative to UN in Geneva Tehmina Janjua said that through a series of actions in diverse areas, Pakistan has demonstrated its credentials & eligibility to join the NSG. He said, “We expect that a non-discriminatory, criteria-based approach is followed for expanding NSG’s membership, which would strengthen the non-proliferation regime in an equitable & credible manner.” The unchecked expansion of its nuclear regime for a superficial show of power even when the suffering of the common Pakistani is only rising day-by-day, & the very real danger of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of state-sponsored extremist elements are surely no signs of a ‘responsible’ nuclear power.

Yet, Beijing motivated by its own agenda to keep Pakistan alive so that it doesn’t have to focus extensively on its border with India, has lead to China making an attempt to club India & Pakistan together for NSG membership bid.

India has maintained that there is no comparison between the neighbours on the nuclear non-proliferation issue as India is a responsible nuclear armed country whereas Pakistan’s infamous credentials on nuclear proliferation are there for the world to see. The world sees & accepts this, but China is purposely ignoring the same to not support India on its path to being a superpower.

Come this Saturday, hopefully we’ll be witness to a historic meet between the two leaders & some real breakthroughs in Indo-China relations.

Vinayak Jain