The ceasefire along the Line-of-Control and international border is eminently sensible, but hopes for serious talks are likely to be dashed.
Vijay Gokhale’s trip comes two months after national security advisor Ajit Doval met China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi in Delhi.
Pakistan is looking at the possibility of cutting the US dollar out of its trade with China, but the move may widen their trade imbalance.
Russia’s envoy to Delhi says he hopes India and China can come to an understanding on the Belt and Road Initiative. But there’s little sign of an outreach from China.
The shipment is largely symbolic, but signals India’s determination to build an alternate corridor to landlocked Afghanistan.
The statements from Ghani and Tillerson may add to public pressure on the Pakistani state, but they’re unlikely to change its behaviour or its strategic calculations.