Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar: "Restoring normal relations with China" is the focus of India's current foreign policy
2022-09-23: [Article Link] Source: Global Times
The [Global Times Consolidated Report] reports that on 21 local time, Indian Foreign Minister Sojsen, referring to Chinese-Indian relations in an event at Columbia University in the United States, stated that, despite the long-standing border differences between China and India, it is in the common interest of both countries to find an acceptable and inclusive way to live together. He also stressed that “restoring normal relations with China” was the focus of India's current foreign policy, but that it was “not easy” to regulate relations with China, and that the Asian century would only come when China and India came together. In addition, S Jaishankar said, “In this era, the greatest change we see in the world is the rise of China, which is beyond doubt.” He said, “It has somewhat slowed India's rapid rise” and that “the criteria for evaluating India are based on India's own merits, the level of progress and the alarming rate of growth, but you can see that China has risen faster and more clearly at the same time”. According to the Hong Kong South China Morning Post, Sujien arrived in the United States on 18th for an 11-day visit. He plans to attend the meeting of BRICS Foreign Ministers on 22nd and will address the United Nations General Assembly on 24th.
A former official of the Government of India, anonymously, told the reporter of the Global Times that Sujsen's “linear logic” of China-India relations in recent times required a “continuous view”. At the end of last month, Sujsen addressed the Asia Society, which also focused on “Asian century and inter-Indian relations”, when he proposed “to put India-China relations back on the positive track and to maintain sustainable development”, while at the same time giving the premise that “normality” in relations between the two countries was “the state of the border will determine the state of inter-Indian relations”. In the view of the former official, efforts to restore relations between the two countries “are moving in a good direction”, but a return to the previous level “may require some time and patience”. The Chinese-Indian frontline forces had recently disengaged in the Kanan Darsaka region. However, the Indian and Western media claimed that residents from the zone accused the Modi government of “disposal” of a large part of China’s territory. In addition, recent Indian military rhetoric is interesting. According to the Times of India, the Indian Army Chief of Staff, Pander, reported on 21 January, the two countries also have two friction points along the line of control east of the “Ladakh region” where “the two sides need to move towards a solution.” He added that the lesson learned from the border confrontation between the two countries was “to maintain a high level of operational readiness at all times”.