This visit to China, now that he has undertaken it, should not be limited to sight-seeing, enjoying hospitality and a feel-good visit. India’s experience with China since 1962 has not been pleasant. Last year also when Chinese president Xi Jinping visited India, his visit was marked with an intrusion on our border by the Chinese.
Modi should also take up important issues with China. Last year Jinping promised $20 billion investment which is still nowhere in sight even after nearly nine months of the promise. In fact, according to the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Chinese exports to India have gone up remarkably and crossed over $45 billion in last one year.
This shows that Modi's claim of Make in India is a hollow rhetoric, and it is Made in China that is dominating the market. Even the much hyped Chinese investment of an industrial park in Gujarat has merely remained on paper.
Small and medium industries are getting weaker. Everything, from Hindu deity idols to textiles and technology and toys, are gradually exported with Made in China sign, crowding the market. Meanwhile, the Indian rupee during the one year continues to weaken considerably over the Chinese Yuan.
Maybe since Modi is an official guest in China, it is not the right time to discuss continuous Chinese intrusions into Indian borders, but the Prime Minister definitely needs to discuss China’s interests in and incentives to Pakistan, which have been continuously fuelling terrorism in India. China’s recent Aid of $46 billion to Pakistan should officially be protested by our Prime Minister.
China has gradually been trying to control Arunachal Pradesh. The buzz is that China is keen to have the next Dalai Lama a China-controlled personality. India needs to make its stand clear that it would not cooperate with China on this.
*Spokesperson, Indian National Congress; MLA, Abdasa, Gujarat