South Asia and Beyond

There’s A Mandarin Saying—He Who Ties The Knot Should Untie It: Amb Chinoy On China’s LAC Aggression

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point’, Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy, Director General, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses (MP-IDSA), Chair of the Think20 engagement group for India’s G20 Presidency and Author of ‘World Upside Down: India Recalibrates Its Geopolitics’ in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi.

Ambassador Chinoy discusses the fractured and fragmented world order and India’s presidency of the G20, the Delhi Summit, the success of both, a joint communique or declaration as ‘the icing on the cake”, if it happens, and the success of India’s presidency and the Delhi Summit irrespective of whether consensus is evolved, the reasons for President Xi Jinping staying away and the impact if any, the “G20 as a dream team when multilateral structures are eroded, not performing and some would say dysfunctional.” As a China specialist and Mandarin speaker as well as India team leader of the Confidence Building Measures(CBMs) and peace and tranquillity issues related to the India-China boundary dispute between 1996 and 2000, the DG, MP-IDSA discusses border issues and how both countries have handled or mishandled them, the “importance for China to take the necessary steps to undo the situation that has been created”, and the necessity for the “relationship to be based on mutual respect, reciprocity, and between equals”. Ambassador Chinoy also talks about India as a bridge between the East and West and the North and South, the significance of bilaterals on the sidelines of multilateral summits and India as a voice of the Global South.

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