The 2008 MoU between the CCP and the Congress came at a time when left-wing parties in India had expressed a lack of confidence in the Congress-led UPA-1 government. The India Today report suggests that although China has been aware of the Indian political landscape, Xi Jinping has signed a pact with the Congress, with the CPC hoping for deeper relations with the Congress, especially with the Gandhi family. Perhaps one of the main reasons for the Congress party`s silence is the August 7, 2008 agreement between the Congress Party led by Sonia Gandhi and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Not only the MoUs, but also the close relationship between China`s leaders and the Congress party, especially Rahul Gandhi, was highlighted a few years ago during the Doklam standoff, when Rahul Gandhi was caught secretly meeting with Chinese officials. Sonia Gandhi highlighted the personal exchanges between the „younger leaders“ of the Congress and the CPC, and said, „This is to ensure that the generation of young leaders in China and India know and get along well,“ she said, thus deepening the relationship between the two sides, the two peoples and the two countries.“ At UPA1 in 2008, the Congress Party and the Communist Party of China (CPC) signed an agreement in Beijing for the exchange of high-level information and cooperation between them. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) also allowed the two sides to „consult each other on important bilateral, regional and international developments.“ The agreement in question was drawn up for the purpose of exchanging high-level information and cooperating between the two political parties. The petition also mentions the Union of India as respondent through the Cabinet Secretariat. . .