n hindsight, their 73-day-long border standoff in the sum

n hindsight, their 73-day-long border standoff in the sum

ummer of 2017 is now seen as a watershed which made b

oth sides ever more pragmatic in building their partnership. This explains why, during his fir

st term as India’s prime minister, Modi visited China five times while Xi Jinping visited India twice. The two lea

ders also met at many multilateral meetings, several of which saw them showcasing joint statesmanship.

Since his Shangri-La Dialogue speech in June last year, Modi has propagated engaging China in Indo-Pacific disco

urses as well as ensured that the “Quad” (the grouping of the US, Japan, Australia and India) does not become a mili

tarized or “exclusive” club of a few. Breaking out of the myopic preoccupation of seeking parity with Ch

ina in the limited bandwidth of their expanding economic prowess-where China is five times taller th

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