Trying to convince China that India’s rise not harmful to its ascent: Jaishankar

On ties with China, Jaishankar said there has been overall broadening of ties, especially in areas of business and people-to-people contact, but they have been overshadowed by differences on certain political issues.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: January 18, 2017 2:46 pm
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In the backdrop of growing unease in Sino-India ties, India today said it has been trying to convince the Chinese government that its ascent is not harmful to the rise of China and that both countries should be sensitive on matter relating to sovereignty. In an address at the Raisina Dialogue, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar took strong objection to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which passes through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, saying there should have been some reflection on India’s unhappiness over it.

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“What we are trying to do is to convince China that our rise is not harmful to China’s rise just as China’s rise need not be to India’s rise,” he said at the gathering attended by representatives from across the world.

Chill has set in Sino-India ties following China’s opposition to India’s membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group as well as Beijing blocking India’s move at the UN to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

During the interactive session, during which he touched upon a vast array of subjects concerning international relations, Jaishankar said the SAARC has been made “ineffective due to the insecurity of one member”.

Identifying terrorism as the most “pervasive and serious challenge” to international security, the Foreign Secretary said developing a serious global response to it is of the highest priority but rued that it is hard to do.

On ties with China, Jaishankar said there has been overall broadening of ties, especially in areas of business and people-to-people contact, but they have been overshadowed by differences on certain political issues.

“But it is important for the two countries not to lose sight of the strategic nature of their engagement, or falter in their conviction that their rise can be mutually supportive,” he said.

Replying to a question on CPEC, he said both countries should show sensitivity to each other’s sovereignty.

“China is a country which is very sensitive on matters concerning its sovereignty. So we would expect that they would have some understanding of other people’s sensitivity on their sovereignty,” he said.

Jaishankar said the CPEC passes through a “piece of land that we call Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir which is territory belongs to India and which is illegally occupied by Pakistan”.

He said the project has been undertaken without consultation with India and that its sensitivity and concerns towards it are natural.

On India’s overall ties with China, he said both the countries have opened up significantly since 1945.

“In a sense, both of us, if you step back and look at it, are opening up a very close international order. When people talk about change since 1945, I think two big changes are really India and China.

“I would say if China had not opened up the international order the way it did, I think it would be much harder today for India also to exploit those phases. There is a high degree of shared interests,” he said.

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    Antony
    Jan 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm
    we dont need cowards as foreign secretary! need to sack him quickly and get somebody with a spine!
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      B.N.Roy
      Jan 18, 2017 at 12:32 pm
      Importance should not be given to China. China's atude towards India fits the proverb that despite keeping a dogs tail in a bottle, when it is let out, it will once again curl up. Our repeated humiliation by China in international arena calls for India to break off diplomatic relations, therefore it is not understood why our PM is wooing them to invest here and this Secretary is being apologetic.
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        Ghosh
        Jan 18, 2017 at 11:06 am
        To have have good terms with all neighbors is good including for China. However we must continue to arm ourselves and stay stronger militarily than China.lt;br/gt;Note China is linked to the Jews and it is involved in a big global agenda with the Jews.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Jews are trying to mix all people so that people lose their roots. Then they mix with these people. Since in such a manner they can control the globe since the Jews lack numbers. The Jew also looks for similar people (who are greedy and rudderless)lt;br/gt;globally then encourage such people and do public relations for such people to penetrate countries. In India they have found the dark and often short Punjabi who functions like the Jew.
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          Confused Desi
          Jan 18, 2017 at 10:40 am
          Having a Mallu for this important position will only mean that the tone of any message will be vastly different from other non-Mallu Indians.lt;br/gt;I think so long as this Mallu continues in this position, expecting anything different will be a big mistake.
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          1. Potthai Lang
            Jan 18, 2017 at 2:17 pm
            Because India is at the bottom( foot ) of China.
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