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See-Saw Ties

See-Saw Ties
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1949
Nehru’s India is the first nonsocialist country to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.
1954

Nehru and Chinese premier Zhou Enlai enunciate the principles of Panchsheel.
1962

India’s slogan "Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai" takes a battering as the Chinese invade Arunachal Pradesh and then execute a surprising pull-back.Both sides recall their ambassadors though their missions continue.
1964
China conducts its first nuclear test.
1976
Diplomatic ties are re-established;
1979
External affairs minister A.B. Vajpayee visits Beijing.
1988

Ties improve dramatically after Rajiv Gandhi visits China and a series of confidence-building measures are initiated. Premier Li Peng visits India three years  later.
1993

P.V. Narasimha Rao concludes four agreements, including one on maintenance of peace and tranquility along the line of actual control.
1996

Jiang Zemin becomes the first Chinese president to visit India. Deve Gowda and he sign an agreement on confidence-building measures (CBMs).
1998

Relations take a nosedive after George Fernandes identifies China as "Enemy No. 1". The Pokhran tests lead to more acrimonious exchanges.

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