In politics, even a small and simple gesture speaks volumes about one’s intention. And something similar happened recently. PM Narendra Modi sent a strong message to China on Monday by not wishing Chinese Premier Xi Jinping a happy birthday after four years of regular wishing.
This seems to be a strong message because PM Modi, despite all the tension in the last four years between the two countries, has never skipped wishing the leader.
To recall, he had wished Xi Jinping, for the first time in 2016 on the Chinese social media platform Weibo. The greeting came despite ongoing tensions between India and China after the latter opposed India’s entry to Nuclear Supplier’s Group, a week of the plenary meeting in Seoul.
In 2017 again, despite the then going standoff between India and China in Dokhlam, PM wished the Chinese counterpart a happy birthday. And In 2019, the PM had wished him personally when PM Modi met Jinping in Bishkek while attending Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kyrgyzstan.
So over the years, the wishes have been poured out despite all the tension. But, this year is different as it is about the lives of the soldiers we have lost and the sovereignty of the country.
Asserting his aggression, PM on Wednesday affirmed that India want peace but is able to give a befitting reply if anyone provokes it.
Hours after making his stand clear, the Centre also ordered the telecom department to rule out the use of Chinese equipment in the up-gradation of the 4G equipment of the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited or BSNL.
The goverenemnt, as per the reports by NDTV, is also mulling to tell private firms to lessen the use of Chinese equipment owing to security issues.
Chineses products have always been under question after India in 2012 accused Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei of hacking into the BSNL network. Jio, on the other hand, had also said to not use a single Chinese tech in its 5G pushup. Mukesh Ambani had confirmed this to Trump on the latter’s recent visit to India.
Since then, many foreign companies had made an investment in Jio’s platforms.