RE­PORT FROM CHINA : CHANG­ING IN­DIA-CHINA RE­LA­TIONS?

The Em­bassy of China, New Delhi, re­cently or­gan­ised a visit of an In­dian me­dia del­e­ga­tion to China for in­ter­ac­tions at Bei­jing with the 4th Army Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment, China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies (CIIS), All-China Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion (ACJA),

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97 per cent of In­dia’s trade is by sea and hence the safety of SLOCS is as im­por­tant to In­dia as China. In­dia is aware of Chi­nese sub­ma­rine ac­tiv­ity in In­dian Ocean re­gion and In­dia be­lieves that In­dia Ocean be­longs to all.

The Em­bassy of China, New Delhi, re­cently or­gan­ised visit of an In­dian Press Del­e­ga­tion to China for in­ter­ac­tions at Bei­jing with the 4th Army Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment, China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies (CIIS), All-China Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion (ACJA), Ten­cent (qq.com), Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense (MND), Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MFA), China Daily, and Shang­hai Naval Gar­ri­son.

The fa­mil­iari­sa­tion visit gave an over­view of what is hap­pen­ing in China. The stops in­cluded the 4th Army Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment. The del­e­ga­tion was met and briefed by Se­nior Colonel Zhang Jillin, Com­man­der of the Reg­i­ment. Their equip­ment in­cludes at­tack he­li­copters, medium lift he­li­copters (Mi-17 equiv­a­lent) and fixed wing air­craft (C-130 equiv­a­lent). The tasks in­clude at­tack, air sup­port and tasks like res­cue mis­sions and lo­cat­ing space cap­sules re­turn­ing to earth. Tasks are all land based, as naval avi­a­tion units cover op­er­a­tions at sea. The reg­i­ment is main­tained at high state of readi­ness. Pi­lots un­dergo a four year course from ba­sic level to com­bat level.

China In­sti­tute of Strate­gic Stud­ies (CIIS)

CIIS is the pri­mary think tank of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs (MoFA) and it also trains Chi­nese diplo­mats. The brief­ing was done by Jia Xi­udong, Se­nior Re­search Fel­low, mainly hing­ing on the over­whelm­ing de­sire for peace by China, main­tain­ing friendly re­la­tions with all neigh­bours and bright prospects of In­dia-China re­la­tions. Lan Jianxue, As­so­ciate Re­search Fel­low who has vis­ited In­dia many times spoke at length about In­dia-China re­la­tions, high­light­ing Prime Min­is­ter Modi’s achieve­ments. The dis­cus­sions cen­tred around: China’s con­cern about the sit­u­a­tion in Iraq-Syria and about pos­si­ble fall­out in Af-Pak re­gion. China wants peace in Afghanistan and looks to Afghanistan’s eco­nomic up­lift­ment In its re­la­tion­ship with In­dia, Panchsheel is be­ing forged as the main­stay.

The writer (on the ex­treme right) dur­ing

the visit at Great Wall of China

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