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“Today, the most important bilateral relationship in the world is between the US and China. Tomorrow it will be between China and India”

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Mahbubani

Kishore Mahbubani writing in the Financial Times. The dean of the Lee Kuan Yew Public Policy School adds that the most significant meeting of the year could occur when India’s leader Narendra Modi travels to Beijing in May to visit Xi Jinping. Border disputes are the biggest cloud for ties, Mahbubani says, and one solution would be for Xi to revive a proposal made by Deng Xiaoping in 1980 that accepts the present line of control. India declined the offer 25 years ago but would accept it today, he says. But it would require “political courage” for Xi, as he could be accused of ceding territory.


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