Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit the Vaan Irai Kal, or Krishna's Butterball, in Mamallapuram on October 11. Photo: PTI
Patrick Mendis
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Patrick Mendis

Why India and China need to stay friends: it’s all about the economy

  • New Delhi wants to cut its trade deficit with China, gain access to its markets and lure manufacturers to set up in India
  • Beijing, meanwhile, wants India to join the RCEP free-trade agreement and use Huawei’s 5G technology, while being mindful of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor tensions

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit the Vaan Irai Kal, or Krishna's Butterball, in Mamallapuram on October 11. Photo: PTI
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Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping meet for an informal summit in Mamallapuram on October 11. Photo: DPA
Ankit Panda
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Ankit Panda

Now for the hard part: another ‘informal summit’ is over but China and India are no closer on core issues

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must address the difficult questions surrounding the fundamentals of their countries’ relationship, Ankit Panda says
  • Leaders may have grown used to sharing the stage for photo opportunities, but the geopolitical issues that divide their nations remain

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Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping meet for an informal summit in Mamallapuram on October 11. Photo: DPA
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