Jammu, May 15, (Scoop News)-Prime Minister , Modi’s China visit could best be described as high on optics , low on substance says Rigzin Jora , Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader on Friday.
“If diplomacy is all about pomp and ceremony ,then Prime Minister , Modi needs to be complimented. But diplomacy is not just about Yoga and Tai Chi event nor is it about s.n visit to iconic shrines such as Wild Goose Pagoda or Temple of Heaven . Nor is it about taking selfies with school children”, he said in a statement.
CLP leader said diplomacy is serious business , at the core of which lies promoting national interest and enhancing national stature in international fora.
“National interest is not always guided by economics alone. While trade and commerce are important but not at the cost of national pride”, he cautioned and said “how does Prime Minister, Modi explain s.n the Chinese national TV (CCTV ) showing in its map India without parts of Jammu and Kashmir and whole of Arunachal Pradesh while he was enjoying the sumptuous spread of Chinese vegetarian food in the banquet hosted in his honour by President Xi Jin Ping” .
“Would we have the courage to show on Door Darshan in our map of a China without Tibet . Similarly , how does he explain announcing e- visa to Chinese travelers when those of us from Jammu and Kashmir are issued stapled visa and people from Arunachal Pradesh aren’t issued visa at all” .
“Fact remains Prime Minister Modi is so enamored of China because of giant stride its economy has taken ,that he is bending backwards to please the Chinese”, he frowned.
“National pride has been sacrificed at the altar s.n of commerce and trade. Even here, the balance of trade is in favour of China to the tune of 38 billion s.n dollars. While we have given market access to all Chinese merchandise, China does not allow market access to Indian Pharmaceuticals ,nor Indian IT sector”, Jora pointed out.
CLP leader said people of Ladakh were particularly unhappy s.n with Prime Minister as he had neither taken up opening of Demchok in Ladakh for Kailash Mansoravar nor had he taken up the issue of boundary disputes in Ladakh sector including Aksai Chin except in general terms.(Scoop News)
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