Hugging the bear and taming the dragon
Hugging the Bear and Taming the Dragon, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Great Wall of China. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has just ended his visit to Russia and crossed the Great Wall of China for his encounter with the new leadership.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has just ended his visit to Russia and crossed the Great Wall of China for his encounter with the new leadership. From the Indian point of view, both visits are crucial – one for the country’s defence and energy and the other for trade and to maintain border peace. Singh’s visit to Moscow and Beijing may be the last for him as Prime Minister; but they are notable, if not historic, for his efforts to forge closer ties and resolve differences over issues that are both petty and serious. Since all the three countries are members of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping, Singh’s visit to two members of the bloc has added significance and it is likely to pave the way for consolidation of economic ties in future, irrespective of the party that comes to power after next year’s parliamentary polls.