Anil Trigunayat, former Indian ambassador to Libya, Jordan and Malta, tells Beijing Review how the 21st century can be truly the Asian century. Some of Trigunayat's views follow:
Hosting the G20 Summit is yet another feather in China's cap, having successfully organized earlier prestigious global events. At the G20, China would like to convey it is a serious stakeholder in global governance and rightly so since it is also the largest economy outside of G7.
Concrete proposals for the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goals [agreed upon by all 193 UN member states] and long-term strategic developmental plans, especially catering to the requirements of least developed nations and developing countries, should become the Hangzhou summit's takeaways.
Chinese President Xi Jinping in his December 2015 statement had talked about an action-oriented G20. Hopefully, [China's presidency] will deliver on equitable and sincere approaches and outcomes to the grave challenges of expanding terrorism, climate change, global instability and smoother economic paradigm shifts in international discourse.
China has been actively engaged in Africa for decades. One can only estimate that this will continue apace in accordance with the focused strategy for the continent.
India and China are not only prominent leaders in Asia but becoming global players due to their economic achievements, growth and potential. Both economies are also closely interlinked in trade and investment and cooperate bilaterally as well as in regional fora like BRICS.
India's legitimate concerns, especially with regard to terrorist activities, must be addressed since terrorism and radicalization are not contained by boundaries. We may continue to witness competitive cooperation between the two largest economies of Asia for strategic space.
It is imperative that both find ways and means to grow together for mutual benefit so that the 21st century is truly the Asian century.
(Reporting from Hangzhou)
Comments to email@example.com