India now engages China on extra equal phrases: Jaishankar

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi at the moment clashed on social media over the route of India’s international coverage. It all started earlier within the day when Rahul posted a three-minute video alleging that India was courting financial and monetary catastrophe beneath the present authorities.

Jaishankar’s riposte in a collection of tweets was trendy and acidic the place he blamed the earlier authorities of messing up ties with many nations within the neighbourhood.

“India has been disturbed and disrupted,” Rahul stated, including that “empty words don’t suffice in the world of geopolitics.” The Congress chief alleged that whereas India had a transactional relationship with main powers such because the US, Russia and the European Union, it now not shared a heat relationship with most of its neighbours.

Jaishankar asserted that every one of India’s main partnerships have been stronger and India’s worldwide standing greater than earlier than. “Witness the regular summits and informal meetings with the US, Russia, Europe and Japan. India engages China on more equal terms politically,” he claimed whereas ending his tweet with “Ask the analysts”. This final flourish was a relentless issue within the subsequent tweets the place he requested Rahul to “ask the Afghan street”, “ask Bhutan households”?

“We speak our mind more openly now on issues such as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Belt and Road Initiative and South China Sea,” stated Jaishankar. Dealing with the neighbourhood, he stated Rahul’s criticism of India lacking out on Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka (which went to China) was misplaced because the deal was concluded in 2008 (in the course of the UPA period). The Foreign Minister then blamed the earlier authorities for the dip in ties with Maldives and Bhutan.

He added that Afghanistan had seen a number of accomplished India-built tasks.

On Pakistan, the minister invited Rahul to notice the distinction between Balakot and Uri on the one hand and Sharm-el-Sheikh and Mumbai assaults on the opposite.

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