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‘Early Harvest’

Ahead of the visit of China’s foreign minister Wang Yi to Delhi later this month, the buzz from Beijing is “early harvest”, which is a throwback to the remarks by a former Chinese ambassador to India. When first made three years ago, China’s foreign ministry dismissed them only to revive them now. So what exactly does early harvest mean? It refers to a deal on the middle sector, where the border dispute is seen as minor compared to the western and eastern sectors. But the Chinese are not looking at a border settlement, rather they may propose laying a road or railway line which would serve their Belt & Road programme and incidentally create an economic constituency there. India is unlikely to bite!