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OWoN: Again, the world is reshaping outside of the US wish list. India / Japan and China will all forge new relationships excluding the US. A Rotten Cabal and Rotten US Leaders do not serve America well. This is NOT about knocking the American people, just targeting the criminal scum at the top.

It is about trade and economic growth, something forgotten in the West. This new rail investment will go to China as India forges ahead. America may have its spy planes, but economic boots on the ground, uplifting economic activity, is what countries want and need.

Remember that Modi was on a no fly list until elected. Think he has forgotten? Empires are dying now.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Neighbour XI's cup of sugar

Beijing is upbeat about Xi Jinping's first visit to India. Narendra Modi will have to balance this relationship with his liking for Japan.

India Today
By Mannu Pubby
12 September 2014

He has seen only two Hindi movies, but Liu Jianchao, assistant foreign minister of China and one of Pres-ident Xi Jinping's point men on India, has not forgotten either. The first one is a distant memory that he recalls with a hum: the unmistakable tune of 'Awaara hoon'. The second film is easier for Liu to remember: 3 Idiots, which he says brought a slice of modern India to China.

These days, India is not just Bollywood for Liu, who is preparing for Xi's first visit to the country. There is a flurry of consultations in Beijing and meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's special envoy, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. "We are expecting this (visit) to be a big success and are looking at stronger relations as strategic partners. This will be the be-ginning of another important era in China-India relations," says Liu.

Beijing is pulling out all the stops for the Xi-Modi meeting. The date-even if a coincidence-is interesting. Xi will be in Ahmedabad on September 17, Modi's birthday. The stopover in Gujarat, before the flight to Delhi, was arranged at the last minute, with Beijing keen to tie Xi's past as the governor of Fujian province with Modi's own as a strong chief minister.

It could also see the beginning of Gujarat-Guangdong ben-ben. In the works is an agreement to make Gujarat the sister state of Guangdong, the fastest growing province in China, and to announce the two capitals-Ahmedabad and Guangzhou-as sister cities. Beijing will reinforce the 'Gujarat mod-el' during the visit-an industrial park is being planned in the state, along with another in Maharashtra.

These, however, are diplomatic pleasantries, easy first moves. The heart of the Modi-Xi meeting will be the new bi-lateral agreements on culture, education, tourism, climate change and even food security. A new framework for co-operation in the field of energy re-sources is also being fleshed out. While Delhi is touchy on areas such as infrastructure and telecom, Beijing will be pushing to invest in the modernisation of Indian Railways, bolstered by its own high-speed rail network that is the largest in the world.

Though Japan has taken the lead in pitching for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, Beijing has for the first time offered Delhi financial assistance in setting up high-speed rail net-works, asserting that its system will not only be more suitable to India-since China and India have a similar geo-graphic mix-but it will also be cost-effective: Chinese officials say the cost will be just half of a comparable system offered by France, Germany or Japan. China is keen to bring the average speed of Indian trains to 200 km/hour- in a country where the fastest train runs at 160 km/hour-and be part of the modernisation of railway stations. "We wish to replicate our experience in developing a high-speed rail network," says He Huawu, chief engineer of China Railway Corporation. Among the projects identified for investment is a high-speed rail line from Mumbai to Kolkata.

Meanwhile, Liu may now be able to watch more Hindi movies. An "audio visual" agreement is likely to be signed, giving Indian filmmakers greater access to what is the second largest movie market in the world after the US. Beijing is also pushing for joint production of movies that can be released in both nations. A joint production would help a movie pass muster in China, which has a strict review-and-censor policy. While Indian filmmakers may find the restrictions stifling, the market potential cannot be ignored. Zhang Hongsen, director-general of the Film Bureau of China, says box-office collections have been growing by 30 per cent every year for the past decade and touched $3.6 billion last year. Making movies is all very good, but the elephant in the room is Japan. Beijing closely tracked Modi's recent visit to the island nation. However, there was no furore in Beijing over his reference to "infiltrators in the sea"-a remark that satisfied Tokyo but was oblique enough to not enrage Beijing. Liu said China is not in competition with Japan to invest in India but refused to say more. "For China, this is not a zero-sum game. In economic cooperation, what we are trying to do is make a bigger cake so that everyone can have a bigger slice."

Doval's sudden Beijing trip could be a precursor to some movement on the border issue. After his meeting with Xi, he even sounded optimistic in resolving the border dispute, given the strong leadership in both countries. "Neither of us shies from the border issue," says Liu as well. "We will continue to have useful consultations to find a solution to it."

While it remains to be seen if Modi and Xi can give momentum to border talks, there is a perceptible shift in Beijing. China wants a new approach in its ties with India. Delhi's response to Beijing's outreach could set the agenda for bilateral relations in the coming decade. Beyond the photo-ops of feeding the fish in Japan, this is where Modi's real strategic challenge lies.



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      As smaller economies rejoice in the forming of the New Development Bank (NDB) led by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), down in South Asia Bangladesh seems to be already ramping up to join the bank.

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