India’s President Pranab Mukherjee is on a state visit to Beijing. As a part of his program, he delivered a lecture at the Peking University in Beijing.
Expressing his, and India’s desire for a warm, friendly relation with India’s dragon neighbour, he outlined a plan which could possibly result in sorting out the thorny border issues between the two Asian economic power houses.
Borrowing from the concept of ‘Panchsheel’, proposed decades back by the then Indian Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru at the foundation of the ‘Non-Aligned’ forum, Mukherjee outlined an eight-step approach to sort out the issues between India and China.
India’s President Pranab Mukherjee
These unresolved issues, which resulted in the 1961 Indo China war involve the territory of Arunachal Pradesh, which became a part of India due to the ‘McMahan line’ drawn by the British, delineating the border between the two nations, prior to India’s independence. This line of demarcation has been challenged by China since the early 1950s, and has led to much hostility between the two neighbours.
According to President Mukherjee’s eight-step approach, an enhanced contact between the youth of the two nations would go a long way in easing mutual mistrust. Organising youth festivals, sporting events, cultural festivals, Buddhist tourism, etc would achieve this.