Nehrus India is the first nonsocialist country to establish diplomatic relations with the Peoples Republic of China.
Nehru and Chinese premier Zhou Enlai enunciate the principles of Panchsheel.
Indias 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.
China conducts its first nuclear test.
Diplomatic ties are re-established;
External affairs minister A.B. Vajpayee visits Beijing.
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.
P.V. Narasimha Rao concludes four agreements, including one on maintenance of peace and tranquility along the line of actual control.
Jiang Zemin becomes the first Chinese president to visit India. Deve Gowda and he sign an agreement on confidence-building measures (CBMs).
Relations take a nosedive after George Fernandes identifies China as "Enemy No. 1". The Pokhran tests lead to more acrimonious exchanges.