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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday said that because of the whole idea of ​​Asia’s rise, India and China are the continent’s largest economies coming together based on mutual interests. to each other. Jaishankar, who is here to attend the annual session of the UN General Assembly, made the comments during an interaction with an audience at Columbia University while responding to a question on the rise of China and India amid border issues.

“In our time, the biggest change we’ve seen in the world has been the rise of China, there’s no question about that,” he said, adding that by comparison to what it has done, “it has, in a way, somewhat mitigated the dramatic rise of India.” One evaluates India on its own merits, how advanced it is, the rate of growth is fantastic, he said, “but at the same time you have China, which has risen rapidly and dramatically.” “The problem for us today is how two powers in complete proximity to each other find a modus vivendi in a dynamic situation. This is a very complex problem. In history, indeed, there are very few analogous situations. Powers have arisen. With a space or geographic location, it is easy to deal with such a situation, ” he said.

“Asia’s rise is either Asia’s two largest economies converging or Asia’s three largest economies converging,” the minister said.

Asked when the Chinese embassy would be opened in Chennai, he said, “To be quite honest, there was a time when we thought about expanding our respective diplomatic presence. I don’t remember the latest conversation. But anyway. At this time, quite frankly, I think it’s important that our relations with China return to normal, so I think that’s where our focus is, as I tell people, the relationship is not normal. You know.”

Jaishankar said China is not easy to manage and Russia is not easy to appease, these are natural challenges in a changing world. “…It’s not easy. It’s not easy to manage China, it’s not easy to appease Russia, it’s not easy to get Japan to play. These are the natural challenges of a changing world, Jaishankar said during a conversation with Arvind Panagariya, a Columbia University professor and former vice-chairman of the Niti Aayog.

Jaishankar was responding to Panagariya’s question referring to the minister’s book, in which he wrote, “This is a time to engage America, manage China, nurture Europe, stabilize Russia and play Japan. We have had challenges in the Indo-Pacific, we have challenges in Eurasia. We tried to handle both effectively. Today we are stronger than ever as voices for the benefit of the Global South. But we also see it as a deep democratic force that underscores the values ​​and relevance of democracy.”

On non-alignment, he said that today the world needs free countries and free-minded countries. “My sense is that the last six months of politics show that there is a place for countries that are not part of a very polarized situation.” His comments come a week after the Indian and Chinese armies conducted a joint inspection of the decommissioning process at PP-15 in the Khogra-Hotsprings region of eastern Ladakh after the withdrawal of their troops and removal of temporary infrastructure in the middle of this month. .

The conflict erupted on May 5, 2020 following a violent clash in the Pangang Lake areas along the eastern Ladakh border. Both sides gradually improved their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers and heavy weapons.

As a result of a series of military and diplomatic negotiations, the two sides completed the demarcation last year on the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake and in the Khogra region. While withdrawal of troops and equipment at Patrol Point 17 (A) in Khogra took place in August last year, decommissioning in Pangong Lake area was done in February last year.

Last month, Jaishankar, speaking in Bangkok, asserted that relations between India and China were going through a “very difficult phase” and that the Asian century would not happen if the two neighbors could not join hands after Beijing’s border crackdown. Answering a question, Jaishankar said that if China and India unite, the Asian century will happen, but if India and China cannot unite, it will be difficult for the Asian century to happen.

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