Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Regarding Than Shwe visit and Vietnam relations

Reply to Sid Gau:

Two comments:
1) The itin seems to be:
Sunday - Checks in at 10:30 AM at Royal Residency hotel near the Bodhgaya international airport. Visits the Mahabodhi temple with wife. Makes visit to Sarnath and Varanasi.

Monday - Arrives at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya at 5 AM, offers prayers and meditates for 5 hours. Checks out from the hotel at 12:45 PM.

Travel to New Delhi and is received by Preneet Kaur at the Indira Gandhi airport.

Checks in at ITC Maurya Hotel at about 6:30 PM.

Tuesday - As a guest of Pratibha Patil, he is accorded a ceremonial reception in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Pratibha Patil hosts a banquet in his honour. He is then called upon by M. Hamid Ansari, S. M. Krishna, and Sushma Swaraj. He then has a meeting with Dr. Manmohan Singh, which was followed by delegation level talks. Both MMS and Than Shwe witness the signing of five agreements concluded by the delegations.

Wednesday - Flies early morning to Hyderabad to visit the Tata Nano factory.

Thursday - Departs to Burma.

Comment: I did not see the PM make an exception to protocol and receive Than Shwe. He did meet him one on one. You know, symbolism has a lot of gravitas to both parties: US and Burma. We still seem cautious in certain matters, even if many would just be assured by the signals (both said and unsaid).
2) I am mostly keen on the contents of the "Treaty on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters" signed by PC and U Nyan Win.
India, Vietnam agree to firm up defence ties Linky

Gen. Singh, marking the first visit to Vietnam by an Indian Army Chief in over a decade, also met his counterpart there, Deputy Chief of General Staff Pham Hong Loi, for talks on follow-up action. Two areas spotted for immediate cooperation were training of military personnel and dialogue between experts on strategic affairs on both sides.
Defence Minister A. K. Antony is expected to visit Vietnam in October to participate in the first-ever regional meeting of political leaders in the defence field.

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At July 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM , Blogger Sid Gau said...

So you want MMS to make a stance? Come on Stan, don't make me laugh. Let him first stand up to mataji then we can talk about him standing upto Eagle or Panda.

At July 27, 2010 at 8:05 PM , Blogger Sid Gau said...

Looks like I don't have to file a report, you already did :-))

At July 27, 2010 at 10:06 PM , Blogger Pax-Indica said...

No no, there is more on the Kaladan stuff. Please post away.

At July 28, 2010 at 5:51 AM , Anonymous Al said...

This MMS Govt. is handling external affairs well, though their handling of the economy and local governance leaves much to be desired.


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