Former National Security Advisor (NSA) Shiv Shankar Menon on Thursday at a seminar on ‘India-China Challenge’ in New Delhi while talking about the current relationship between India and China said that there has been serious deterioration in the relations but it can be ‘managed’. The former ambassador to China suggested ‘working out a new strategic framework’ between New Delhi and Beijing to keep the bond intact. In his speech at the seminar, Menon while talking about the main reasons that disrupted the relations between the two said, “One of the primary reasons for the India-China relationship being adversarial is that in the last 30 years or so, the actual disparity in balance of power has deteriorated from New Delhi’s point of view. China is the only country with which relative power balance has deteriorated… there is this constant fear regarding Chinese military, growing an economy and diplomatic clout in the region.”
While no party was pointed out specifically by Shiv Shankar Menon that the national capital had developed a ‘modus vivendi’ to deal with Beijing. While giving his speech he further added, “The problem is that in the past few years the working modus vivendi is probably breaking down and signs of stress in India-China relations is manifold like the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership, listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar (as a terrorist) or presence of PLA troops in Chumar… None of these is actually significant itself. But at the same time, each of these were important as political symbols and as a message on India-China relations,” as quoted by Indian Express.
Menon added that even though the relationship between the two countries has deteriorated over the years, it is not irreparable. He said that keeping the differences aside, New Delhi has managed to stick together with China. “We cooperated where we could… on climate change… on WTO and managed to build a relation… There are 13,000 Indian students in China. We also managed to keep the border peaceful,” he added.