The reality of the India-China strategic dialogue
On paper, the countries have had a strategic partnership since 2005but there are no areas of convergence in the foreseeable future
In assessing the restructured strategic dialogue between India and China, which concluded on Wednesday, the key question is: What does a strategic relationship between the two countries look like? What are its driving factors and core objectives? On paper, India and China have had a strategic partnership—specifically, a strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity—since 2005. But scratch the surface of that agreement’s rhetoric and diplomatic language and this much becomes apparent: There are, as of now, no true areas of strategic convergence.