REUTERS/Amit Dave - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and China's President Xi Jinping wave before their meeting in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad September 17, 2014.

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Xi Jinping in India: Is a Breakthrough Possible?

September 17, 2014, Jonathan D. Pollack

This week’s meetings between the leaders of China and India occur at an important juncture in relations between Asia’s two largest powers. Sino-Indian relations have advanced over the past decade, especially through bilateral trade and more regular exchanges between senior officials. But the longer term potential in bilateral ties remains largely unrealized. Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi must now decide whether each is prepared to undertake a larger and more durable partnership. This will require transcending a half century legacy of mutual suspicion and geopolitical rivalry, contested territorial claims, and (for India) the lingering effects of New Delhi’s humiliating defeat in the border war of 1962.

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