December 6, 2021

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China should be in no doubt about India’s stand: Jaishankar

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China should be in no doubt about India’s stand: Jaishankar
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China should be in no doubt about India’s stand: Jaishankar
China should be in no doubt about India’s stand: Jaishankar

NEW DELHI: China should be in no doubt about India’s position on the bilateral relationship and what is ailing it, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said in a firmly worded message to Beijing even as military-level talks on the border stand-off remain stalemated and Chinese leader Xi Jinping received a renewed mandate as the unchallenged leader of China.
“I don’t think the Chinese have any doubt on where we stand on our relationship and what’s not gone right with it. I’ve been meeting my counterpart Wang Yi a number of times. As you would have experienced, I speak fairly clearly, reasonably understandably (and) there is no lack of clarity so if they want to hear it, I am sure they would have heard it,” Jaishankar told a panel discussion at the Bloomberg New Economic Forum in Singapore. “We are going through a particularly bad patch in our relationship because they have taken a set of actions in violation of agreements for which they still don’t have a credible explanation and that indicates some rethink about where they want to take our relationship, but that’s for them to answer,” he said. The minister did not indicate any resiling from the Indian demand that ties cannot move towards normalisation as long as the borders are unsettled despite suggestions in some quarters that there may be need for a rethink now that Xi has further consolidated his powers.
Referring to other relationships, Jaishankar said the US is today a much more flexible partner, much more open to ideas, suggestions and working arrangements than in the past. “I think this reflects a very different kind of world…” he said.
‘Manner of China’s growing influence is very different’
We are moving into a world in a sense, you could say, when the real transitions after 1992 are now occurring,” external affairs minister S Jaishankar said. Dismissing as “ridiculous” the notion that the US has been strategically contracting and yielding space to others amidst a global rebalancing of power, he said, “Don’t confuse it with the decline of the US. I think that’s ridiculous.” “It’s clear China has been expanding. But the nature of China, the manner of its growing influence is very different. And we don’t have a situation where China necessarily replaces the US. There are also a lot of other countries, including India, which have come much more into play. There’s been a rebalancing in the world,” he said.
The world, he said, is changing. “It is certainly not unipolar and it is not really, really bipolar either. There are many more players. A lot of what we are doing in terms of repositioning, working with countries, (it) is multipolar work,” he said. “In a sense, it is partly a hedging strategy, partly autonomous partnership, often very issue based (as) we work with different countries on different sets of issues,” said Jaishankar.
Earlier, countries did not worry too much about the internal politics of its neighbours. “Today, issues of trust and transparency are much more relevant in a data-driven world. So it does matter to me what the character of my partner is, who they are partners with,”the minister further he said.

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