‘India, China should not hamper relations over terrorism, NSG’

Photo of India's Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

New Delhi: India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today said that relationship between India and China should not be hampered due to subjects like terrorists and NSG issues.

India today said sanctioning of well-known terrorist leaders and organisations besides developmental issues like access to cooperation and investments in the field of civil nuclear energy should not emerge as points of difference with a “partner” like China.

Jaishankar said that China is expected to be appreciative of India’s interests, especially when they are not in conflict with those of Beijing, and noted that it is imperative for the future of Asia and the world, that the two nations approach each other with strategic maturity.

He admitted that bilateral ties with China were “complicated” but stressed that one should not approach the relationship as a zero sum game.

“There is an expectation in India that a partner like China would be appreciative of India’s interests, especially when they are not in conflict with those of China.”

He said speaking at a conference here, “Combating terrorism is one such area and sanctioning of well-known terrorist leaders and organisations should not emerge as an issue of difference. Nor should reservations on developmental issues, such as India’s predictable access to international cooperation and investments in the field of civil nuclear energy.”

Jaishankar was referring to China blocking India’s bid to put Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar’s on UN Security Council blacklist of groups linked to al-Qaeda or Islamic State and India’s entry in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.