‘China’s approach to India is like Russia’s to Ukraine’

The Hindu Bureau
‘China’s approach to India is like Russia’s to Ukraine’

Territory debate: Rahul Gandhi asserted that only India can take on China in terms of economy and production. File PhotoRavi Choudhary

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Tuesday, 3rd January 2023
Page No. 13
Chennai Print Edition

China is following the same principle with India as Russia has done with Ukraine, Congress leader and Lok Sabha member from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi, has said in a one-on-one conversation with actor-politician Kamal Haasan, who participated in the Delhi leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

In the conversation, shared by Mr. Gandhi in his YouTube channel on Monday, the Congress leader said the China-India border face-off can be linked to “a weak economy, a confused nation without any vision”.

He, however, asserted that only India, and not the West, can take on China in terms of economy and production.

Mr. Gandhi said, “Essentially, what the Russians have done in Ukraine is that they have said we do not want Ukraine to have a strong relationship with the West and they have basically told the Ukrainians that if you will have a strong relationship with the West, we will alter your geography. That is the exact same principle that can be applied to India”.

“What the Chinese are saying to us is that be careful with what you are doing, because we will alter your geography. We will enter Ladakh, we will enter Arunachal [Pradesh], and what I can see is them building a platform for that type of an approach,” he added.

The Congress leader asserted that the definition of conflict has changed now as one did not fight just on the border but everywhere. “I think our government has completely miscalculated it,” he said adding that security in the 21st century needs a holistic and global approach.

“When Indians fight Indians, when the economy does not work, when there is joblessness, our external opponent can take advantage of this situation,” the Congress leader noted.

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