Not unnatural for two large powers to have differences, PM on India-China ties
India alone cannot walk the path of peace and Pakistan ‘must walk away from terror’ if it wants bilateral dialogue to resume, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.
Referring to ties with China, the Prime Minister said it was not unnatural for two large neighbouring powers to have some differences but both sides should show sensitivity and respect for each other’s core concerns and interests.
Mr. Modi was speaking at the inaugural session of the Raisina Dialogue, a geo-political conference which is being attended by top foreign and security experts.
On ties with Pakistan
“My vision for our neighbourhood puts premium on peaceful and harmonious ties with entire South Asia. That vision had led me to invite leaders of all SAARC nations, including Pakistan, for my swearing in. For this vision, I had also travelled to Lahore. But, India alone cannot walk the path of peace. It also has to be Pakistan’s journey to make. Pakistan must walk away from terror if it wants to walk towards dialogue with India,” he said.
In a veiled reference to Pakistan, he said those “in our neighbourhood who support violence, perpetrate hatred, and export terror stand isolated and ignored.”
In his address, the Prime Minister gave a list of India’s foreign policy priorities, security interests in the Indian Ocean and bilateral engagement with neighbouring countries, Gulf nations and major powers, including the U.S., China and Russia.
‘Not unnatural for two large neighbouring powers to have differences’
On ties with China, he said, “I see the rise of India and China as an unprecedented economic opportunity for our two countries, and for the whole world. At the same time, it is not unnatural for two large neighbouring powers to have some differences. In the management of our relationship, and for the peace and progress in the region, both our countries need to show sensitivity and respect for each other’s core concerns and interests.”