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QUESTION NO.1287 REVIEW OF INDIA’S RELATION WITH CHINA

July 27, 2017

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1287
TO BE ANSWERED ON 27.07.2017

REVIEW OF INDIA’S RELATION WITH CHINA

1287. SHRI. KIRANMAY NANDA:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether it is a fact that India’s relations with China have gone bad during the last three years;

(b) if so, whether Government would review our Foreign strategy regarding relationship with neighbouring countries; and

(c) if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

(a) to (c) India’s engagement with China is multi-faceted. In areas where we have commonality of views, engagement has expanded and upgraded in recent years. There are other areas where more progress can be made and cooperation expanded. Issues where there are differences of perception are being handled with maturity. In view of the significance of the bilateral relationship, the two sides have agreed to continue their engagement at various levels to enhance mutual understanding and trust and to address outstanding issues in the spirit of showing mutual respect and sensitivity to each other’s interests, concerns and aspirations. Both sides agree that progress in bilateral relations should be guided by the Astana consensus which is that (i) at a time of global uncertainty, India-China relations are a factor of stability and (ii) India and China, in their relationship, must not allow differences to become disputes.

Government is committed to develop friendly and mutually beneficial relations with all its neighbours under the 'Neighbourhood First' policy.

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