Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) speaks as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on as they issue a joint statement in New Delhi on September 18, 2014. Photo: AFP

Trade ambitions shadow annual India, China defence talks

Defence dialogue comes as nations pursue conflicting economic projects

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) speaks as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on as they issue a joint statement in New Delhi on September 18, 2014. Photo: AFP
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Neeta Lal

Neeta Lal

Delhi-based journalist and editor Neeta Lal has worked with India's leading publications in her three-decade career. She writes for over 20 publications worldwide and was nominated for World Media Summit Global Awards for Excellence 2014 and SOPA Awards 2014. A postgraduate in English literature, she has also been a scholar at the International Summer School, Norway and Concordia University, Canada, and has travelled to 52 countries.