by – Bikash Kali Das
As we mark the 73rd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and China, it is an opportune time to reflect on the progress made in this important bilateral relationship. The fact that India was the first non-socialist bloc country to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China is a testament to the historic ties that exist between our two great nations.
Over the years, our relationship has seen many ups and downs, but it is heartening to note that both India and China have consistently worked towards improving ties and enhancing cooperation. The Panchsheel, the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, enunciated by India and China in 1954, has been the bedrock of our bilateral relations and has guided our interactions over the years.
The “Hindi Chini bhai – bhai” phase in the early fifties was a shining example of the close bilateral relationship between our two countries. It is inspiring to note that this relationship and our consistent espousal of non-alignment and non-interference in the internal affairs of other sovereign states have inspired the liberation struggles of many Afro – Asian nations in gaining their political liberation from their colonial masters.
As we move forward, there is a lot of potential for both nations to work more closely in various fields. We need to fully utilize the business potential in tourism, education, and other areas to our full advantage. Our old civilizational ties provide a solid foundation for our relationship, and we need to take them more seriously.
In conclusion, the 73rd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and China is a time to celebrate the progress made in this important bilateral relationship. We must continue to work towards enhancing ties and building a closer partnership for development. With a shared commitment to the principles of peace and cooperation, there is no doubt that our relationship will continue to flourish in the years to come.