1)India and China likely to venture into a joint economic project in Afghanistan- no details have been provided but instead of Afghanistan emerging as another proxy arena fr Sino-Indian strategic competition, cooperation in rebuilding Afghanistan better
1) “Collaboration in terms of entertainment including films. Xi Jinping has seen number of Bollywood& regional films and wants more Indian films to come to China and vice-versa"- not a fan of bollywood, but have seen its +ve soft power effects
SOFT POWER: 2) India & China agree to promote tourism in Buddhist circuit
-Very gud! When I visited Longmen Buddhist caves(similar to Ajanta), a retired Chinese Party member started to talk to me. He lamented that there is no coop in Buddhism betwn In-Ch
More such informal meets to follow. PM Modi has invited Xi Jinping for next meet in Bharat. Suggests 2019 confidence
REALPOLITIK: Narendra Modi government will build a whopping 96 more (ITBP) border outposts (BoPs) along 3,488 km long India-Ch border.
"the two leaders (Modi & Xi) endorsed work of the special representative to find a fair reasonable & mutual settlement"- i.e no concrete talk on solving one of the longstanding border issues- how to build 21st Asian century with guns traded at each other?