Pakistan and China: Too close for comfort for India?
Top politics and current affairs news for February 23, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Is the U.S. ignoring China’s nuclear threat?"
- China, India hold strategic dialogue in Beijing / Xinhua
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi met with Indian foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Beijing yesterday. Xinhua says that the outcome of the dialogue was an agreement “to cement coordination…and properly deal with differences and sensitive issues.” However, the Indian newspaper First Post commented that the two countries “are nowhere close to solving the issues that have driven a wedge between the two Asian giants,” blaming the stalemate on “the combative approach adopted by India.”
A report by the Hindustan Times rounds up Chinese views of the the relationship, which blame the trust deficit between the two Asian giants on “New Delhi’s misgivings over strategic and military ties between Beijing and Islamabad.” Al Jazeera looks at one of the key issues for India: suspicion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project connecting Xinjiang to Gwadar in Pakistan. In January, at a multilateral forum in New Delhi, the Indian foreign secretary explicitly criticized China over concerns that the CPEC would infringe on his country’s sovereignty.
- China will take ‘necessary measures’ in event of regime collapse in North Korea, says defense official / SCMP
- North Korean state media say China dancing to U.S. tune / CNBC
- Regina Ip says Beijing offered her top jobs to quit Hong Kong leadership race / SCMP
- Hundreds of Chinese military veterans stage fresh protests over pensions / SCMP
- Minor officials become scapegoats in food safety scares / Caixin
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