Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu), Oct 11 : "Conventional wisdom has China and India as natural competitors. Fighting poverty has them as natural allies," writes a noted strategic expert Robert Lawrence Kuhn even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Tamil Nadu to host Chinese President Xi Jinping for the second Informal Summit.
"As the 21st century unfolds, bilateral relations between China and India, the two most populous countries and two ancient civilisations, will become increasingly axial, for the global community as well as for the two nations themselves," writes Mr Kuhn in an article in 'China Daily' as the stage is set for what is given out as a historic sit together for both the leaders overlooking the Bay of Bengal in this ancient town.
Mr Kuhn is author of 'How China's Leaders Think' and is a 'China Reform Friendship Medal' winner.
He was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal by President Xi Jinping and Chinese leaders at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of China’s reform.
The editorial of the paper also made quite a positive statement and said the Informal Summit - within 18 months after Wuhan Summit - will give out a "reassuring message" that both India and China "want nothing to get in the way of constructive engagement".
The comment has its own significance as the Informal Summit is very much on track despite diametrically opposite stands taken by New Delhi and Beijing on abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and for creation of a Buddhists-majority Union Territory of Ladakh.
Mr Kuhn in his piece further says that besides 'facilitating reciprocal exchanges' of poverty alleviation procedures and experiences between China and India in both directions; there is a scope for enabling China and India to cooperate in poverty alleviation in other developing countries as well.
In his article, he also states that both India and China have prioritized their respective ambitions and thus it could be imperative to have some kind of synthesis of the same.
"China states that Chinese wisdom and Chinese experience can provide a new way for developing countries ....India states that its unique development experience－economic, political and social transitions－can become a model for the world," he points out.
He also says on one hand, President Xi says,"China is moving to center stage of the world" and on the other PM Modi says,"If we are successful, no one can stop India from becoming a world power".
Meanwhile, Prime Minister arrived at Chennai on Friday morning while reports from Beijing said Chinese President left for India in his official plane.
The two leaders would interact here as they will get glimpses of rich historic and cultural bonanza.
Mr Modi will take President Xi to three iconic monuments Arjuna's Penance, Panch Rathas and the Shore temple.
The Prime Minister will also host a dinner for the visiting dignitary and the two leaders will meet again on Saturday.
The Chinese President is slated to leave for Nepal on Saturday afternoon.
Chinese officials have said in Beijing that the Summit will help have deeper strategic communication that will ensure practical cooperation between the two Asian neighbours.
An MEA statement said in Delhi: "The forthcoming Informal Summit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance. Both the leaders are likely to exchange views on deepening India-China Closer Development Partnership".(UNI)