China’s role in blocking India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, its rigid stand against giving permanent membership to India in the UNSC, putting a technical hold on India’s bid to designate the Pakistan-based chief of Jaish-e-Muhamamd (JeM) Maulana Masood Azhar as a terrorist, its pro-Pakistan position on the Kashmir issue and supplying Pakistan with military hardware are all indicative of China’s cynicism towards India’s growing influence in the region.
Notwithstanding the geo-political equation, both China and India are deeply bound together through economic interdependence. China is India’s single largest trading partner, the bilateral trade during 2016 stood at $70.08 billion.
The bulk of trade was driven by Chinese exports to India, largely comprised of electrical machinery, power equipment and telecom exports, which reached $58.32 billion, accounting for around four-fifths of the total trade.
Hence, contrary to the fears of military escalation due to Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang, the situation is likely to return to normal in due course. It was very encouraging to see that the Indian government stood its ground and did not bow down to China’s intimidation