Let me begin with a confession.
I am not a China expert. I am sure there are many among you who probably have forgotten more about China than I will ever learn.
Having said that, as an individual and as a journalist, I have always been fascinated by this huge neighbour, this ancient civilization, with whom we share almost 3,500 km border.
I recall my father talking about Sikh deserters from the 1962 war who fled to Calcutta speaking in hushed fearful tones about hordes of giant nine feet tall Chinese soldiers, immune to Indian gunfire, rushing down from the Tibetan slopes.
I think all of us here know that this is the 50th anniversary of that war. It is also officially the Year of India-China Friendship and Cooperation.
The world has changed dramatically in the last half century.
But I would argue that despite, or perhaps even due to, that war, we have not given China the attention it deserves.
Of course, we do remember, and in fact refight that war, each year around this time, with reams of newspaper and television coverage, all asking the same question: Could it happen again? Have we learnt our lesson?
But on a deeper level, we have not invested in understanding and developing the empathy and learning that is required to understand the Chinese way of thinking.
Image: In this photograph taken on July 10, 2008, A Chinese soldier gestures as he stands near an Indian soldier on the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China.