Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's visit to the US, the Chinese official media said on Friday any gains made by him in his talks with President Donald Trump, on immigration
and climate change
will also benefit China.
"It will be interesting to see how Modi's visit to the US
will influence the two countries' bilateral economic ties," an article in the state-run Global Times
"Chinese people will take a close look at the summit because some of the issues also concern China's interests," it said.
"For instance, Trump is reforming US immigration
policies, including the H1B visa, a type of visa whose biggest and second-biggest recipients are India
and China, respectively."
H1B visa programme is the most sought-after by Indian IT firms and professionals.
"The curb on H1B visas is bad news not only for the Indian IT sector but also Chinese students studying in US
will most likely be willing to express support for India's stance over the H1B visa, and hopefully the problem can get solved during Modi's summit with Trump," it said.
Also in the backdrop of Trump withdrawing from the Paris climate deal, any gains made by Modi on climate issues will benefit China, it said.
"The dispute over climate issues will perhaps continue to evolve during the upcoming (Modi-Trump) summit. Will Modi use the opportunity to pressure the US
to undertake its obligations?," it said as China
too announced its adherence to the Paris deal.
"Against this background, some key issues such as the H1B visa programme and Paris agreement are likely to have a much greater impact on the whole picture of the bilateral ties, and thus the two countries may have more motivation to solve these problems. If the Modi-Trump meeting can make achievements in this regard, other countries like China
are also expected to benefit from it," the article said.
is glad to see India
and the US
strengthening their economic ties. However, New Delhi's bargaining power in negotiations with Washington is limited, so it is unrealistic for Modi to totally change Trump's attitude toward the H1B visa and Paris agreement. China
needs to have a clear anticipation of the summit and be prepared for any eventualities," it said.