J sent me this article on the improving relations between China and India. When I went to the colloquiom on leading multi-cultural change (new associate coming out of that; stay tuned for an announcement here), I heard an earful on this from the Indians present. India needs stable relations with China simply because of proximity. The fact that the United States has been supporting Pakistan lately ticked the Indians off — you have no idea how bad this damaged our relations — and they are looking to play superpowers off each other as they grow to power status themselves.
The two countries outlined a set of broad parameters to demarcate their disputed boundary through a “fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution, through equal and friendly consultations,” the joint statement said.
India and China share a mountainous, 2,500-mile border, parts of which are not demarcated. The two sides went to war over the disagreement in 1962.
Meanwhile, both sides have in recent years forged closer economic ties, hoping improved trade relations will also help expedite the resolution of political differences.
On Monday, the two leaders agreed to boost bilateral trade to $20 billion by 2008. Last year, trade totaled $13.6 billion, with India recording a trade surplus of $1.75 billion, according to India’s trade ministry.
And this on the recent violence against Japanese and Japanese interests in China is also interesting.
Demonstrations against Japan have spread across China after Tokyo last week approved a revised edition of a school history textbook critics say whitewashes Japan’s brutal wartime colonization of Asian nations last century.
About 1,000 people threw rocks and broke windows at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing on Saturday, while two Japanese students were beaten with beer mugs and ashtrays at a Shanghai restaurant.
Are the bookies in the UK taking bets on when the pan-Asian war will start?
For those of us who are interested in outsourcing, portends to watch.
There would appear to be a salient resentment of Japan in China that extends back to WW II. The recent protests cite in addition to the textbook references, the dissatisfaction associated with Japan pursuing a permanent seat on the UN security council. One needs to wonder about the motive of the Chinese government, who are so often opposed to protest, save demonstrations directed toward Japan or the USA. In some regards there may be an acknowledgement of the need for an outlet for this pent up energy and insofar as it is channelled to a satisfactory target the government seems content enough.
An unsettling of socio political factions may be viewed positively by China’s administration in so much as this also unsettles socio economic influences and has a desired effect on market prices for commodoties that are in high demand within China.