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Reimagining the triangle(Indian Express ,IR, GS Paper 2)

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan this week presents a paradox. He is likely to unveil massive plans for the expansion of economic and strategic partnership between the two countries during the visit, as well as highlight the emerging vulnerabilities of a relationship that has long been celebrated as “higher than the Himalayas, deeper than the Indian Ocean and sweeter than honey”. Xi’s travel to Islamabad, coming three weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China, raises interesting questions about New Delhi’s changing approach towards Beijing. During his two-day trip to Pakistan, Xi is expected to launch infrastructure projects worth more than $40 billion. any of these are part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, considered one of the cornerstones of Xi’s ambitious “one belt, one road” initiative aimed at transforming China’s ties with its neighbouring regions. The “belt” refers to the overland industrial and transport corridors that will link China…

China wants to promote Indo-Pak peace talks amid Xi’s visit’

China on Monday said its role in ties between India and Pakistan is to “promote peace talks” between them that will benefit all parties in the region, as Chinese President Xi Jinping flew into Islamabad on his maiden visit to boost their “all-weather” strategic ties. China also said it will step up coordination with Pakistan on regional hotspot issues and deepen pragmatic cooperation. “We will deepen defence cooperation with Pakistan and step up cooperation and coordination on regional hotspot issues with Pakistan,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said here.
“This will be beneficial to the two countries and two peoples and meet the interests of all parties.”Asked to elaborate on the regional hotspot issues and whether it concerned India and Pakistan, Hong said: “Our role in relations between India and Pakistan is to promote peace talks between the two countries and improve relations. The statement came as Xi landed in Pakistan on a two-day state visit to boost strategic ti…