ANALYSIS/OPINION: JOE BERGMANNThe news that the leaders of India and China will hold their second summit of the year in Bhumibol Adulyadej in November is likely to be a positive sign for India’s efforts to get back on track after its humiliating defeat in the 2017 Asian Cup.
The two nations have been locked in a long-running diplomatic spat, with India accusing China of cheating and accusing the Chinese of manipulating evidence.
The spat erupted when China’s Foreign Ministry accused India of manipulating the results of the 2018 Asian Cup in order to win the 2022 World Cup in Russia.
India, however, says the allegation is baseless and is a ploy by the Chinese to win over Asian nations to its cause.
The dispute has been resolved, and the two countries are now set to hold the second summit this year.
The two leaders will also sign a bilateral security pact to enhance their security coordination, and will also meet the heads of state of their respective countries.
India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said the leaders will hold a summit in the backdrop of ongoing bilateral tensions between India and Beijing.
Swarad told reporters that India and the United States will take a joint stand on security and economic ties in the Asia-Pacific region.
Swarad said that the Indian-U.S. security partnership is the basis for economic and security cooperation in the region.
She said both countries are keen to strengthen security cooperation.
“The two sides will discuss the issue of China’s attempts to influence the results in the Asian Cup, which has been decided by the Asian Council of Ministers.
The Chinese side has been doing this to win hearts and minds in the Indian government,” Swarads said.
India has accused the Chinese military of trying to tamper with the 2018 Asia Cup results in a bid to gain favour with the countries hosting the event.
China has vehemently denied the accusation.
The next two Indo-China summits are expected to be held in India and New Delhi.
India and China have been at loggerheads over various issues, including over the Himalayan dispute, the Dalai Lama and China’s territorial claims in the disputed area of the South China Sea.
The standoff in the South Chinese Sea has drawn international condemnation.
India wants to have a seat at the table of the upcoming Indo-US ministerial talks in Washington in late October.
China is expected to attend, but not necessarily as an observer.