Bridging trust deficit, PM Modi’s informal diplomacy at work

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan in China.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan in China.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wrapped up his two-day China visit on Saturday, is back in India.

PM Modi had a two-day informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan. There the two leaders undertook major confidence building exercises.

Prime minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping’s informal diplomacy was a big step in bridging the trust deficit between the two sides. And both India and China agreed to keep up the informal meetings to take the bilateral relationship to the next level.

It turned out to be an important opportunity for both the countries to create an understanding on serious issues like border conflicts, terrorism, trade imbalance and cultural understanding and cooperation in other countries for development.

Sources say the effort was to come up with an outline of cooperation against misunderstandings between the two sides.

Thus, both leaders agreed to having a strategy in place to address tricky issues. A decision to strengthen all mechanisms to resolve any immediate disputes was also taken. Both leaders have also directed their respective officials to follow up on these matters according to the understanding reached between the two leaders.

Therefore a decision was taken to also conduct similar informal summits time and again, and PM Modi offered India as a venue for a similar summit next year.

This was a first such initiative to dwell on differences between the two countries in an informal setting away from the nitty-gritty of diplomatic details.