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 India to take bilateral approach on issues faced by China with other countries: Jaishankar


03:WASHINGTON: India wants to see its relation with Chinabecome “better and substantive” and would take a bilateral approach on issueslike 5G which Beijing faces with other countries, External Affairs Minister SJaishankar has said.

In fact, Jaishankar refused to join the Trump administrationwhich describes 5G as a national security issue, by saying that for India it isa telecom issue and not political one.

“Our intention obviously is to progress our relations withChina. We are very clear on that and we get the sense that they too would liketo see the relations become better and substantive,” Jaishankar told TheHeritage Foundation think-tank on Wednesday in response to a question.


“On lot of the issues which different countries face withChina, frankly, we would weigh the issues on their merit and largely take abilateral approach,” he said responding to a question.

“We actually, essentially handle China relationship very,very bilaterally. We believe that’s frankly the best way of moving forward,” headded.

“Our position on 5G for example is we don’t see 5G as apolitical problem. 5G for us is a telecom issue. And we will make whateverdecisions we have to at the right time on the merits of that particulardecision,” Jaishankar said.

“When it comes to China, for me what’s important is I havethis neighbour who’s my biggest neighbour, who’s now the second biggest economyin the world, with whom I have a long history, not always an easy history. ButI would like to make sure that this relationship remains… stability for me ismy bottom-line requirement,” he said.


Noting that it’s a very complicated relationship, he saidIndia has given an enormous amount of time and priority to ties with China.

“Because we believe that it’s not just our own two countries,but really the larger region, even the world has vested interest, has stakes inthat in broadening the stability and the substance of that relationship,? he said.

As a result, a lot of India’s attention actually goes intothis, he said.

?How do you, I mean, as I said,the minimum manager it and ideally grow it where you can. And in recent years,we’ve seen some positive developments. We have seen trade numbers improve.We’ve seen sectors where we didn’t have market access, we have now started toget market access,? he said.

“We have seen by and large the borders being very stable.So, our ability to engage and converse with them on a range of issues hasreally been, it’s sort of, it’s freer, its franker. Those to my mind have beengood signs for us,? Jaishankar said.

“Wewere of course aware that there is a larger global context in which all of thisis happening,? he noted.