Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Diplomatist|May 2020
However, the real issue will not be the functions and the added news value it brings, but how much these two neighbours can manage and improve their relations. One of the real tests will be how much they can improve their bilateral relations or how much they can reduce the trust deficit among them. Some of the recent meetings between the heads of governments of both nations give a lot of hope in this regard. In India we need to evolve various measures to improve our relations with China, keeping our supreme national interest intact. We need to set new examples in the conduct of our bilateral relations, a new and evolving diplomatic work style is absolutely necessary. We must always keep in mind the old dictum that ‘one cannot choose one’s neighbour’. Both India and China are bound by the Himalayas forever.
It was not an easy decision for the then Indian leadership under Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to diplomatically recognise the newly established Communist regime in China under the leadership of Chairman Mao Zedong. Within the National Congress leadership itself there where powerful lobbies which opposed India’s decision to formally establish diplomatic relations with the newly emerged nation in its neighbourhood. When we look back, it was the right decision to make, thus globally India became the first non- socialist bloc nation to officially recognise China on 1st April 1950.
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