China will watch Indian ministers’ trips to Mongolia and Japan: New Delhi dispatches its top ministers to strengthen relations in the area. China will carefully monitor India’s future high-level contacts with its neighboring nations of Mongolia and Japan.
While attention will be on the second round of India-Japan 2+2 talks on September 8 between the foreign and defense ministers of India and Japan. Beijing will also be keenly monitoring defense minister Rajnath Singh’s two-day trip to Mongolia before he visits Tokyo.
On September 6, a day after arriving in Mongolia, Singh has a full day of high-level meetings planned in Ulaanbaatar. Including a one-on-one meeting with President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, who is also holding a banquet in Singh’s honor that evening.
The completion of Mongolia’s largest oil refinery, constructed with a $1.2 billion line of credit from India, is an essential topic of conversation.
When finished in 2025, the refinery in the Dornogobi area of Mongolia should be able to provide 75% of the nation’s needs.
The refinery will meet seventy-five percent of Mongolia’s needs. The nation gets its fossil fuel from Russia, its giant neighbor, and oldest friend.
According to a report on the Mongolian news website news. India is also helping Mongolia improve its railway and electrical infrastructure to transfer Mongolia’s mining riches. Mn in early April.
On September 6, Singh will also open a cyber security center. That India assisted in establishing for the Mongolian defense ministry.
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mongolia in 2015 after a trip to China. They signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create a cyber security training center.
According to a 2015 Memorandum of Understanding, India will “construct a Cyber Security Training Centre for the Ministry of Defence, Government of Mongolia” and “undertake the training of people in cyber security.”
During Modi’s visit, the bilateral relationship between India and Mongolia was raised to that of a strategic partnership.
Before departing for Tokyo on September 7, Singh will have meetings with the defense minister and speaker of the parliament of Mongolia.
With the “third” neighbor method allegedly being a concept Mongolia adopts to balance its connections with its two significant neighbors. China and Russia, Mongolia sees India as its “third” and a “spiritual neighbor.”
On the other hand, Chinese official media said on Friday that in light of the approaching high-level discussions. Intimate relations between New Delhi and Tokyo shouldn’t target a “third nation.”
Chinese analysts told the state-run newspaper Global Times that “the two Asian nations have expanded their cooperation in recent years. Notably under (previous PM Shinzo) Abe’s term, with a clear primary objective – striving hard to restrain China’s peaceful expansion in the area.”
According to Qian Feng, head of the research division of the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University. As the border stalemate between China and India continues, more and more conservative Indians see China as a security threat.
He added that to keep China in check, “this antagonistic mindset among certain Indians has prompted the nation to bind closer with its allies – the US and Japan – and as a result, China should be on alert.”