Kuala Lumpur: India today dismissed any
apprehensions in Beijing about India forging closer ties with
Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam to encircle China, saying these
were stand-alone bilateral relations not predicated on any
"Our relations exist in their own right. These are not
predicated on any third country," Secretary (East) in the
External Affairs Ministry Latha Reddy, who is accompanying
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, told reporters.
She was responding when pointed out that Chinese
Communist party mouthpiece `People`s Daily` had carried an
editorial which said that India`s efforts to build closer ties
with Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam under `Look East Policy` were
aimed at encircling China.
The article came as Singh is on his three-nation tour
of Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam. While the visit to Japan and
Malaysia were bilateral, he is travelling to Vietnam tomorrow
to attend ASEAN-India Summit and East Asia Summit.
"We have valid bilateral relations with each of these
countries and these are not predicated by ties with any other
country," Reddy said.
She underlined that India`s `Look East Policy` was not
new but as old as 1950s.