India has no intention of isolating China: Nirupama Rao

India does not subscribe to the idea of 'isolating' China while dealing with the Asia Pacific region, and would rather engage the country with which it shares a thriving trade relationship, into more cooperation, Indian envoy Nirupama Rao has said.

hidden November 28, 2012 12:36:31 IST
India has no intention of isolating China: Nirupama Rao

Washington: India does not subscribe to the idea of "isolating" China while dealing with the Asia Pacific region, and would rather engage the country with which it shares a thriving trade relationship, into more cooperation, Indian envoy Nirupama Rao has said.

"We are not looking at isolating China in this whole narrative of building better relations with the Asia-Pacific," Rao said while observing that India has always regarded the United States as a Pacific power.

India has no intention of isolating China Nirupama Rao

Nirupama Rao. Reuters.

"We see the need to engage China. We see the need to develop more and more habits of cooperation with China," the Indian Ambassador to the US said responding to a question at a forum yesterday on 'All Eyes on Asia: Perspectives from our Allies' organised by Foreign Policy Initiative, a Washington-based think tank.

Rao, who was India's Ambassador to China before becoming the Foreign Secretary, however, said India would like to have "rule-based" security architecture in the region that is bedevilled by territorial disputes between China and its neighbouring states like Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

"But when it comes to a security architecture for the Asia-Pacific, we also believe that it must be open and inclusive and rule-based, of course, and that we should strengthen dialogue rather than, you know, see confrontation escalating for whatever reason," Rao said at the discussion forum which was moderated by Congressman Randy Forbes.

The centre of gravity, she said, is now shifting to the Asia Pacific region. "India has always been a part of that region. We have always had a history of engagement with the countries of the Asia-Pacific," she said.

Responding to a question on India-US relationship, Rao said it has now evolved into a multi-dimensional one. "The relationship between India and the United States has come to be defined as a strategic partnership today. In fact President Obama referred to it, I think quite appropriately, as an indispensable partnership," she said.

PTI

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