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Diplomatic Strategies of Li Keqiang’s First Foreign Visit
PRC Premier Li Keqiang started official visits to India,
Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany from May 19th,
which is his first foreign visits after taking his office.
Political critics takes these visits as a message of
CCP diplomatic strategy, which tends to befriend India.
What are Chinese authorities concerned about
these four countries? Below are our reports.
Indian medium “Trust” reported a few days ago that India will
be the first stop of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s visits.
According to an Indian website, Indian External Affairs
Minister Salman Khurshid was informed of this decision at his earlier visit to China.
Why does Li Keqiang choose India as his first destination
of visit after his taking office?
China and India has first and second largest
populations in the world.
As two developing countries, their relations
have long attracted international attention.
Not long ago, the two countries confronted each other
in the disputed regions at the border.
Is Li Keqiang’s visit to India out of such
Hua Po, Beijing political observer:
“[Li’s purpose] is mainly to strengthen economic connections
with India so as to dispel India’s worries about China.
China might sell more technological equipment to India
so that India will be reassured of their relationship.
Some Indian media suspect that China exports high-tech
equipment to India to serve China military intelligence.
Li Keqiang’s visit means to dilute the border dispute by
strengthening economic ties between them.”
Joseph Cheng, political science professor at City University
of Hong Kong, also said that CCP attaches great importance to its relations with India.
Joseph Cheng, political science professor at City University of Hong Kong:
“China and India share interests in many aspects in the international
But there is considerable amount of friction
between them in areas of commerce and territory.
The new Premier Li Keqiang chooses India as the first country
to visit, in order to show his emphasis on their relations.”
Last year, China had increasing territorial disputes
with Philippines, Vietnam, Japan and India.
Indian Foreign Minister Khurshid visited China when Indian
army were in “tent” confrontation again China at the border.
The two sides quickly reached agreement regarding the issue.
Before his visit to China, Khurshid told German medium “World
News” that India does not want to be a tool of circling China.
Beijing political critic Hua Po says this indicates that
India cannot be particularly aggressive to China regarding territorial issues.
Hua Po:“There are always co-operations and disputes
between different countries.
Despite the conflicts, all these countries want to
take advantage of others, instead of being taken advantage of.
So they are basically taking advantage of each other.”
According to the itinerary, Li Keqiang will first stop
at Switzerland during his visit to Europe.
The choice of Switzerland also attracted widespread
Joseph Cheng:“Switzerland is a small country,
with limited economic ties to China.
But Switzerland is the location of many
Li Keqiang can use this opportunity to visit the directors
of many international organizations.”
Hua Po:“Switzerland is one of the world’s financial centers.
Its machinery manufacturing industry has a long history.
So China wants to strengthen cooperation with Switzerland
in finance, in particular that against financial crimes,
since many corrupt Chinese officials transfer
their fortune to the Bank of Switzerland.”
Hong Kong’s “Ming Pao” commented that Li Keqiang’s first
outbound trip is the first show of his political and diplomatic style.
The comment said Li Keqiang attempts to break limitations
of traditional diplomatic relations.
For example, his trip to Germany includes visits to advanced
towns and farms, showing China’s willingness to cooperate with Germany.