China should build more comprehensive ties with India: Expert

By: | Published: August 30, 2016 10:41 PM

As India-US signed a key military logistics agreement, an influential Chinese scholar has said that the move will make it imperative for China to build more comprehensive ties with India to dispel misunderstandings at the behest of Washington.

Indo-Re-L“The US-India alliance will lead to some problems in Sino-Indian ties. The US at a later stage may seek India’s help in its Asia-Pacific strategy to cause some disturbance. If India is deeply inter connected with America, India can’t refuse,” he said. (Reuters)

As India-US signed a key military logistics agreement, an influential Chinese scholar has said that the move will make it imperative for China to build more comprehensive ties with India to dispel misunderstandings at the behest of Washington.

Reacting to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter signing of the ‘Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement’ (LEMOA) which evoked sharp reactions in the official media here, Hu Shisheng, Director of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations affiliated to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said the US-India strategic alliance will create problems for China.

“The US-India alliance will lead to some problems in Sino-Indian ties. The US at a later stage may seek India’s help in its Asia-Pacific strategy to cause some disturbance. If India is deeply inter connected with America, India can’t refuse,” he said.

In order to avert such a situation, “China will follow US policy to develop close relations and stabilise relations with India. It is closely related to China’s strategy,” he said.

“Also we are bordering with each other. We can mutually hurt each other badly, while US is living far away. So it is more imperative for China to build more comprehensive relations with India and also China will take mature view on Indian foreign policy with some other countries,” Hu said.

“It is better for China to not to come out with knee jerk reaction. This kind of misperception and misunderstandings are rising. Top Chinese leaders and policy makers of both countries have to make more visits and communication to dilute and dispel misunderstandings,” he said.

Hu’s comments were in contrast to his remarks made days two ago on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference to Balochistan and the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He had said China may militarily get involved and take joint steps with Pakistan if “Indian factor” was found in disrupting the ambitious economic corridor.

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