New Delhi: Asking China to demonstrate
sensitivity to its core interests, India has said that Asian
countries would judge China`s "peaceful rise" not so much by
the intentions of its leadership as by their "actions".
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said China`s rise,
which presents both challenges as well as opportunities, will
be "watched" closely.
"There will be both competition and cooperation but a
stable dynamic equilibrium can be maintained within the larger
matrix of dialogue and diplomacy. But China has to demonstrate
sensitivity to India`s core interests," she said while
delivering a speech at a seminar recently.
The remarks come in the backdrop of India`s serious
concern over Chinese policy of issuing stapled visas to
residents of Jammu and Kashmir which New Delhi feels is
impingement on the country`s "sovereignty and territorial
integrity". China also refused visa to a high-ranking Army
officer, commanding Jammu and Kashmir and this led to
suspension of defence exchanges between the two countries.
Recently, China also issued stapled visas to two Indian
sportsmen from Arunachal to take part in the Weightlifting
Grand Prix at Fujian province.
On global issues, Rao said India and China have
several areas where cooperation has been possible - ranging
from WTO trade matters, environment to energy security.