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Imran Khan Visits China and Xi Jinping India

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Viewed from the perspective of analyzing the situation in South Asia, two noteworthy events took place in the first half of October of this year. We are referring here to the visit of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan (from 7 to 9 October) to the PRC, and that of China’s leader Xi Jinping to India (from 11 to 12 October). Both of these events deserve as much attention as the series of meetings held on the sidelines of the scheduled United Nations General Assembly, which we discussed earlier in the New Eastern Outlook.

After all, in New York as well as Beijing and the resort town of Mahabalipuram (located 20 kilometers from Chennai, the capital of India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu) the topic of either direct or indirect discussions was the regional situation that suddenly escalated after the special status of India’s Jammu and Kashmir state had been revoked on 5 August of this year.

At present, it is highly unlikely that one could find another region on the global political map with as much influence on ensuring some semblance of stability in the world. Only around Taiwan or the South China Sea could tensions rise as high (with time).

In this context, the political hype stemming from the Greater Middle East region in the media may be equated to a frenzy around an ant hill in the world’s “jungle”, which is best avoided when trying to accomplish any goals. And to a certain extent, many leading players of the “Big Game in the jungle”, i.e. China, Japan, Germany and India, are following just such a strategy.

And when one can no longer suppress one’s curiosity to learn more about what has happened to those poor ants, we would not recommend poking a stick or, worse yet, your head into the hill, but instead using some means of studying the situation from a distance. Incidentally, the main “guardian of peace in the jungle” is currently trying to take his own head out the aforementioned ant hill. We simply need to wait and see whether he can do it successfully or not.

While making one’s way through the modern political “jungle”, it is important to watch out for truly dangerous obstacles in your path. And the current situation in South Asia is among such perils. It would be best to avoid it too, but, initially, it is prudent to monitor what is actually happening there.

The last time the New Eastern Outlook covered this issue was in its article about the aforementioned meetings on the........

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