India, China must be sensitive to each other's concerns: Govt to Par panel
New Delhi is of the view that as two large countries having wider regional and global interests, India and China must pursue their relationships with other countries in a way that it does not become a "source of concern" for each other, the government has told a parliamentary panel. Responding to a recommendation of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs that China has made "significant inroads" in India's neighbourhood, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the two nations should be sensitive to each other's concerns.
"India is of the firm view that as two large countries having wider regional and global interests, India and China must pursue their relationships with other countries in a manner that does not become a source of concern for each other, and is based on mutual respect and sensitivity to each other's concerns and aspirations," the MEA said in its action-taken reply to the committee. The report of the committee was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.
"Despite the ministry's (MEA) ambivalence on whether this reflects some sort of a deliberate encirclement policy of India by China, the committee would be inclined to see it as nothing less than a veiled containment policy. Therefore, it is imperative that India should urgently take up the business of re-energising its ties with our neighbouring countries," the committee had earlier observed. The MEA also said the government accorded highest priority to India's relations with its neighbours.
"Under its 'Neighbourhood First' policy, the government is committed to developing friendly and mutually beneficial relations with all its neighbours. India is an active economic partner of its neighbours and is involved in various development projects in these countries. India also has extensive ties with neighbouring countries in education, culture, trade and investments as well as defence and security cooperation," the MEA said.
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