India-Taiwan relations lack both ambition and creativity and suffer from not a little pusillanimity.
Sino-Indian relations are at a new juncture. Modi and Xi must together summon the vision and statesmanship needed to grab the opportunity thus provided.
What framework can we use to understand the current Sino-Indian relationship?
To the careful observer, it is clear that the Indian government was neither thrown off its stride by the Ladakh incident and nor was it overly swayed by the symbolism of Li Keqiang’s first overseas state visit.
In the case of high-level visits, no matter what the problems and complications in a bilateral relationship, it is always important from a diplomatic point of view to make sure the atmospherics are excellent and that warmth and enthusiasm are on full display.
The business of inspiring China and the Chinese is not one of the United States and Americans alone. India and Indians too, can step in. But let us not be caught being hypocritical or taking short-cuts, for the Chinese are watching.