The Heat: China’s role in South Asia

The Heat

India’s Prime Minster Narendra Modi welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to the southern Indian coastal town of Mamallapuram over the weekend.

This was the second informal summit for the leaders who had candid conversations, reportedly lasting over five hours.

President Xi and Prime Minister Modi discussed improving bilateral relations, boosting economic ties and tackling India’s trade deficit.  The meeting comes just days after Beijing hosted Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan for an official visit.

To discuss:

  • Sadanand Dhume is a research fellow with the American Enterprise Institute and South Asia columnist for the Wall Street Journal.
  • Mosharraf Zaidi is the former principal adviser to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister.
  • Qinduo Xu is a senior fellow with the Pangoal Institution.
  • James Schwemlein is a nonresident scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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