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A World to Win

Can India and China deliver a new future to the 21st century?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it a habit to hype up his foreign visits and embellish them with all the bells and whistles of a public relations campaign. His recent visit to China (and thence to Mongolia and South Korea) was no different. Expectations were raised high, much was made of the fact that the Chinese President Xi Jinping was breaking protocol to receive Modi in Xian, and the word “historic” was used liberally to describe the visit and each of its events.

Given such theatrics, it was unsurprising that for much of the three days that Modi spent in China, national attention seemed to be fixated on his photographs among Xian’s terracotta army and on his churlish speech to non-resident Indians in Shanghai. Modi’s own spinmeisters flooded the mainstream and social media with news of the deals worth $22 billion that had been signed between Indian and Chinese companies and by the “straight talk” that our Prime Minister had done with the Chinese on strategic matters.

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