In this episode, Omkar Bhole from ORCA speaks to Mr. Manoj Kewalramani on the recent visits of China’s defense and foreign ministers to India as a part of SCO delegation. He explains the expectations from these visits and whether or not these expectations were met. The discussion also details the coverage of these visits by Chinese media and scholarly community which also offers insights into China’s perception of India, especially within the regional multilateral forums. Mr. Manoj elaborates on the overall significance of the SCO in the context of India-China bilateral relations and argues that India’s foreign policy faces the challenge to balance its interests vis-à-vis China’s anti-Western rhetoric manifested through regional institutions. He also talks about Xi Jinping’s potential visit to India later this year and its impact on bilateral relations, especially on border issues.
EP 9: Manoj Kewalramani on Recent Visits by Chinese Defense and Foreign Ministers to India