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QUESTION NO.279 INPUTS FROM FOREIGN SERVICE INSTITUTE

July 18, 2019

RAJYA SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO.279
TO BE ANSWERED ON 18.07.2019

INPUTS FROM FOREIGN SERVICE INSTITUTE

*279. SHRI MANISH GUPTA:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) the details of the principal considerations of foreign policy which guides relationship with the United States and China;

(b) whether the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), New Delhi provides any inputs in forging some facets of India’s Foreign policy, if so, the details thereof; and

(c) whether there is a regular institutional network to tackle problems of policy planning and research in foreign affairs and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(DR. SUBRAHMANYAM JAISHANKAR)

(a) to (c) A statement is laid on the table of the House.

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STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) to (c) OF THE RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 279 REGARDING "INPUTS FROM FOREIGN SERVICE INSTITUTE’’ FOR ANSWER ON 18.07.2019.

India’s relations with the U.S. are based on shared democratic values and increasing convergence of interests on bilateral, regional and global issues. The United States is India’s largest trading partner (goods and services combined), a significant source of FDI, an important supplier of defence equipment and technology, and is home to a vibrant and flourishing Indian Diaspora that has played a significant role in strengthening the ties between the two countries. Both nations are also working together to promote global peace, security, and prosperity, including in the Indo-Pacific region that the two countries share.

With regard to our relationship with China, the two sides forged a Closer Development Partnership in 2014 and agreed to work towards strengthening it for mutual benefit. In our multifaceted engagement with China, in areas where we have commonality of views, engagement has expanded and upgraded in recent years. Issues where there are differences are being handled through dialogue to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution based on 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 consensus reached between their leaders that at a time of global uncertainty, India-China relations are a factor of stability, and that the two countries must not allow their differences to become disputes.

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) contributes to India's Foreign Policy by way of cooperation with various countries in the field of training. More than 3000 foreign diplomats from over 180 countries (including USA and China) have availed of training courses at FSI. Last year, FSI organised a Joint India-China Training Programme for diplomats from Afghanistan.

Yes, the Policy Planning and Research (PP&R) Division of the Ministry, along with its network of autonomous bodies (the Indian Council of World Affairs and the Research and Information Systems), think tanks and academic collaborations provide a well-organized mechanism for the purpose of policy planning and research in foreign affairs. The PP&R Division is the nodal division of the Ministry which undertakes a continuous analysis of our principal foreign policy objectives, as well as providing research-based perspectives to the Ministry on various regional and global developments. The Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of External Affairs. The mandated objectives of the ICWA include the promotion of the study of Indian foreign policy and international affairs with an objective to develop a body of informed opinion on the subject as well as research on political economic, and security developments in various parts of the world. The Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of External Affairs constituted as a society under the Registrar of Societies. The research work of RIS focuses on issues pertaining to Global economic Governance and Cooperation; Trade, Investment and Economic Cooperation: Trade Facilitation, Connectivity and Regional Cooperation; and New Technologies and Development Issues.

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