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India, China face threat from terrorism, but don’t seem to agree on important issues: S Jaishankar

Jaishankar bemoaned the fact that despite facing threats from terrorism, both countries don't seem to be able to cooperate effectively in international forums.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
December 9, 2016 8:27:24 pm
India China, India China relations, S Jaishankar, India China Think tanks, India CHina NSG, India China relationship “China should view it as India’s development aspiration and not give political colour. Similarly, as diverse and pluralistic societies, we both face threats from fundamentalist terrorism,” said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar made an emphatic point on Friday when he said that India and China both face threat from terrorism, but don’t seem to agree on important issues at major platforms. Speaking at the India-China Think Tanks’ Forum in the national capital on Friday, Jaishankar said, “India and China should be supporting each other on climate issues,” adding that predictable access to civilian nuclear technology is needed. “China should view it as India’s development aspiration and not give political colour. Similarly, as diverse and pluralistic societies, we both face threats from fundamentalist terrorism,” he said.

Jaishankar bemoaned the fact that despite facing threats from terrorism, both countries don’t seem to be able to cooperate effectively in international forums. “We don’t seem to be able to cooperate as effectively we should in some critical international forums dealing with this subject. Even on sovereignty, surely there can be more sensitivity and understanding,” said Jaishankar.

Commenting on Indo-China relations over the years across different spheres, S Jaishankar said that India and China have succeeded in building a substantial relationship that covers many political, economic, social and cultural facets. On border itself, they have generally established peace while agreeing on political parameters and guiding principles for a boundary settlement. Inevitably, challenges that emanate from differential logistical capabilities and a lack of commonly agreed line of actual control continue. Hopefully, as these gaps narrow, we’ll see greater stability that would be helpful towards arriving at a final boundary solution,” added Jaishankar.

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