India should avoid meddling in the South China Sea during Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s visit to New Delhi to prevent it becoming another factor to impact bilateral ties,a state -run Chinese daily said.
Wang will arrive in India to hold talks with his counterpart Sushma Swaraj on August 13 during which the NSG issue will be discussed.
His visit comes ahead of the G20 Summit scheduled to be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou next month in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take part.
“India may want to avoid unnecessary entanglement with China over the South China Sea debate during Wang’s visit if the country wishes to create a good atmosphere for economic cooperation which would include reducing tariffs on made-in-India products exported to China amid the ongoing free trade talk known as Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership,”an article in the state-run Global Times said.
“India is expected to allow only moderate tariff reduction on made-in-China products under the talks in a bid to preserve its domestic industries. If India wwants China to be more generous in terms of tariff reduction, it would be unwise for the country to let its relationship with China deteriorate further at this moment,” it said.
The Daily said it is puzzling that India is focussing on the SCS at this moment, a move which it said might risk “unnecessary side effects” to bilateral ties and potentially create obstacles for Indian exporters
“Considering that India does not face territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea, is it worth letting the South China Sea issue become another factor that will impact India’s cooperation with China? India should consider this.”