At India-China forum, S Jaishanker says, “We don’t seem to be able to cooperate as effectively as we should”

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Published: December 9, 2016 8:49:49 PM

Addressing the first India-China Think Tank forum in New Delhi, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that both countries face threat from terrorism, but don't seem to agree on the important issues at major forums.

India-China Think Tank forum, Foreign Secretary, S Jaishankar, Indo China Relation, India, China, Border, Terrorism, M J AkbaAddressing the first India-China Think Tank forum in New Delhi, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that both countries face threat from terrorism, but don’t seem to agree on the important issues at major forums. (Source: PTI)

Addressing the first India-China Think Tank forum in New Delhi, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that both countries face threat from terrorism, but don’t seem to agree on the important issues at major forums. Expressing his take on Indo-China ties, Jaishankar said, “both the countries should be supporting each other on climate issues and should give predictable access to civilian nuclear technology needed.”

Further in his speech he said that China should view the process as India’s development aspiration and not give it a political colour. “Similarly, as diverse and pluralistic societies, we both face threat from fundamental terrorism, yet we do not seem to be able to cooperate as effectively we should in some critical international forums dealing with the subject,” he added.

Even on sovereignty, surely there can be more sensitivity and understanding. However, Jaishankar also pointed out positives by saying, “India and China have succeeded in building a substantial relationship that covers many political, economical, social & cultural facets.”

“Inevitably, challenges that emanate from differential logistical capabilities and a lack of commonly agreed line of actual control continue, but hopefully, as these gaps narrow, we will see greater stability that would be helpful towards arriving at a final boundary solution,” said Jaishankar.

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Earlier today, speaking at the same forum, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar on Friday said the time has come for India and China to regain the reputation of being a global manufacturing hub. He referred to the past when India accounted for 24 per cent of the global manufacturing output and China 30 per cent, reported The Indian Express.

Akbar also took dig at the Sino-Pakistan friendship by saying that a ‘mature’ friend is far more valuable than a ‘hysterical’ partner.

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