Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has revealed that India would adopt a broad approach to deal with China’s increasing influence in the neighbourhood by closely tracking China’s activities and advising neighbors including Sri Lanka on the consequences of engaging with China, the Hindustan Times reported on Sunday.
External affairs minister Swaraj has laid out this approach at a meeting with top diplomats posted in the neighbourhood countries last Tuesday on the sidelines of the Head of the Missions Conference, four officials familiar with the development had said.
The meeting was attended by India’s ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale; and the country’s envoys to the SAARC countries — Ajay Bisaria in Pakistan, Vinay Kumar in Afghanistan, Manjeev Singh Puri in Nepal, Harsh Vardhan Shringla in Bangladesh, Taranjit Singh Sandhu in Sri Lanka, Akhilesh Mishra in the Maldives and Jaideep Sarkar in Bhutan.
The broad sense in the meeting was that in Pakistan, China’s economic and political dominance had only grown; in Bangladesh, while the Chinese have made huge economic commitments, many in Dhaka were wary of the ‘debt trap’ Sri Lanka found itself in; in Sri Lanka, while the government remained politically friendly to India, its economic ties with China had continued apace.
After listening to all the presentations, Swaraj said that Delhi’s focus must not be on competing with China on resources.
Instead, she reiterated, India must continue to closely watch all Chinese activities; it must push ahead, with full vigour, its own work, and advise and educate friends in the neighbourhood about how a certain kind of economic engagement with Beijing can have negative consequences for them.
WarElephant Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:53
India should stop complaining and become more proactive in the region
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DPerera Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:20
In the mean time India is collaborating with China on economic and many other fronts.....
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Tall talk Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:28
Thank you for your advice. Wonder whether you will like to take our advice on MOdi
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Sincere Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:50
We already know it madam. MR is now telling us about it!
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Slipspace Shaw Fujikawa Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:12
India could avoided this hiccup if it had been more responsible in the Indian Ocean from early 2000s rather than just being focused on Kashmir alone. Now no point crying havoc. The dogs of war have already slipped and half the region is lost to China because of Indian irresponsibility.
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Chari Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:14
India is no friend of Sri Lanka. All know it. China was the balancing act.
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Harrry Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:24
Hey Lady - Chinese have only one Embassy in Sri Lanka while you have One and many consulate offices and for WHAT???
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Indian Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:29
When SL wanted to eradicate the militants they went to India. Indian airforce and radar specialists brought down Militant airforce.What India has to do is to develop North and East. South has been developed by China.Help to bring back KKS cement factory and few other factories to give employment.Develop Palay into a major inter continental airport to give jobs and tourism and transport. Accelerate house building and road developments.
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Sri lankan Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:54
No thanks. We are fine. Please make some public toilets in your cities
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Jaffna Tamil Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:21
India to help the North ? After the Indian Army committing mass massacres in the North.
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Spy Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:30
How much the Indian RAW is paying to selected number of dm journalists? We all know.
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Sujeeva Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:23
This comment clearly shows that we are under India all the time.
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sss Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:33
one - helped to stop terrorism, two- helped to check bad pressure from the West
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will Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:06
china is a friend in need, so they indeed a friend, once Indian defense secretary said "we sell cannons to Srilanka but not shells" but China won't let us down,this NYT episode is maybe part truth, but China still stand for its friend,but due to our politicians short-sightedness,China too get the blame, for issuing loans with-out checking the capability of paying back,
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