India, China Team up to Manage Temple of Discord

China wants better relations with India
  • India and China will team up to coordinate the management of a famous but controversial Shiva temple situated on the border of Thailand and Cambodia.
  • India is now a cochair of the international coordination committee under Unesco that will oversee this temple.
  • Preah Vihear, an 11th century temple has been a bone of contention between Thailand and Cambodia for decades.
  • Although India had a keen interest in the temple, it stayed away from the issue, reluctant to annoy Thailand.
  • Years ago, Cambodia asked India to intervene and take over the restoration of the temple, but India refused.
  • India, for the first time has negotiated for itself a co-chair's role in Unesco.