India Needs To Be Concerned About China’s Inroads, Says Former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran

India should be concerned about the “inroads” China is making in its neighbourhood and must work more closely with countries like the US, Japan and Vietnam to counter Beijing’s rise and “unilateral assertion”, former foreign secretary Shyam Saran has said. The challenge for diplomacy today is how to construct a foreign policy that respects political boundaries but also transcends them, and brings about the commonality which is fundamental to the rational, cohesive security perspective that India should have, he said. Saran was speaking at a session on “India and the World” at the Jaipur Literature Festival yesterday. “We have to acknowledge the fact that China has emerged as a great power, whether it is in terms of its economic or military capabilities and even scientific and technological capabilities,” he said. The rise of China, he added, is going to be a defining challenge for India. “We need to be concerned about the inroads that China is making in our neighbourhood. There are roads coming up from Tibet in Nepal, linking up the East-West highway when the roads which link India with Nepal are not in good repair,” he said. The 71-year-old former diplomat, considered an expert on China, said bilateral ties will get further strengthened with a new government in Kathmandu. Read More…

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