Talk less…..India & China

Do read this interesting editorial in Business Standard of 2nd Feb 2008

It is about doing a lot while talking less…just what the leaders ought to do

T N Ninan: Above our weight

Interestingly, China has studiously stayed away from, or kept a low profile at, multilateral talk-shops — unlike some of our diplomats who see themselves as leaders in such forums because they can speak good English, and get pulled into drafting sessions because they can write good English. It did not dawn on us that, when it really counted (like the trade deals), we came away from the big GATT conferences with little to show. In reality, therefore, India made the noise while China enjoyed the substance of power — like a seat in the Security Council, and being counted as one of the nuclear haves.

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