Liu Zongyi, who is associated with Shanghai Institute for International Practices, has described India’s PM in Waiting, Narendra Modi as “India’s Nixon,” in the Communist party’s mouth piece paper, “Global Times.” Nixon marks an important change in the image and status of China in the eyes of the Rest of the World, who broke away from world perceptions and visited China in 1972. In the Cold War era, the move brought US and China together, changing the world power balance.
Zongyi has written that “(As) a right-winger in Indian politics, Modi is more likely to become India’s ‘Nixon’ who will further propel the China-India relationship.” Zongyi has also tried to allay the fears of the Western world over Modi’s right wing credentials and aggressive work style, “The opposition to the BJP holds this view out of the need for partisan competition, while as for Western critics, their attack on Modi is out of ideological concerns, because Modi’s governance style and philosophy are very close to Chinese practices,” wrote Zongyi, coming out with a clear intention to draw Modi closer to them. Modi has visited China three times, last time in September 2011. He has promoted business ties with China aggressively, particularly in the fields of electricity generation.
Zongyi has also rubbished that Modi could become “India’s Shinzo Abe,” the Japanese PM who took critical stand against China. “Modi is unlikely to act as vehemently as Abe, as it would be of no benefit to India’s economy,” Liu said, referring to Sino-Indian border dispute. Modi in his visit to Arunachal Pradesh during his electioneering has said that China will have to stop with its expansionist attitude.
“The narrow-minded and extreme nationalist stand of the BJP has changed and the major task facing Modi is to create a stable domestic and neighboring environment to revive the ailing economy,” declared Zongyi at the end.