The emergence of Sino-Indian strategic relationship In the first 12 years after independence, India’s foreign policy elite perceived Indo-Chinese relations as a natural partnership of two major Third World countries. Despite several unresolved questions on the exact border demarcation and sympathetic feelings among Indian elites towards the Tibetian liberation movement, Jawaharlal Nehru followed a course of reconciliation with China that came to be known as Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai.