Given the power Beijing has, it can impact New Delhi in various spheres

India on Sunday said China was a “bigger challenge” than Pakistan, given the power it has to impact the country in various spheres.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told PTI that China was necessarily more important in terms of India’s global vision, and due to the fact that ties between the two countries can impact the region. He was on his way back from Myanmar after a three-day visit.

As far as Pakistan was concerned, he said the impact was “more pacific.” “China can be a very important partner in Asia and Africa and elsewhere. It will play a significant role in the U.N.,” he said.

“China is also a constant reminder to us that we got to put our economy on the right track. We can pretend that China is not there. But it is there and unless we put our economy on the right track it is going to overwhelm us completely.”

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