The India-China relationship must focus on the future
What indeed has happened to the lofty-softy Kuldip Nayar?
Given this background, we need to welcome Premier Wen Jiabao linking a settlement on the boundary issue with the overall trajectory of bilateral ties between India and China today. His visit to Indiaâ€™s Silicon Valley at Bangalore, before touching down in New Delhi, indicates how keen he is to strengthen economic ties with India. He wants to chart a new course of cooperation. Prosperity creates a vested interest in peace. Therefore, he should be doing something positive on the boundary question. Time is a great healer. But the scars of the 1962 wounds still remain. This is not so much to do with Indiaâ€™s defeat but the shattering of its trust in China. Premier Wen should find ways to rebuild that trust. [IE]