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With S Jaishankar, New Delhi has someone who knows Chinese diplomacy

New Delhi, June 17, 2019: External affairs minister S Jaishankar’s Chinese name Su Jiesheng (pronounced Jie Shang) could be broadly interpreted as “excellent student”.

Updated:Monday, June 17, 2019, 09:39

With S Jaishankar, New Delhi has someone who knows Chinese diplomacyNew Delhi, June 02, 2019: External affairs minister S Jaishankar’s Chinese name Su Jiesheng (pronounced Jie Shang) could be broadly interpreted as “excellent student”.

If he is, it will surely help as he takes over the reins of the ministry from Sushma Swaraj at a time when New Delhi’s ties with the US and China are going through – as the Chinese could say – interesting times.

Here in Beijing, Jaishankar’s surprising appointment was greeted with a brief Chinese foreign ministry statement that seemed forced and often-repeated; the statement in Chinese was shared with Beijing-based Indian media close to midnight on Friday.

The reaction from Chinese academics, on the other hand, was an uneasy mix of wariness and guarded optimism – his work in Washington was under sharp focus.

The fact is that Jaishankar knows China and its ways well; he was the longest serving Indian envoy here (2009-2013).

That could well be an advantage for New Delhi when he sits on the same negotiating table with Wang – as an equal — the next time they meet, and not just as a bureaucrat like before; he is not a politician without any domain knowledge.

Source: Hindustan Times

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