Chinaís rise hasnít created problems for India: Khurshid
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While conceding that there are issues of concern between India and China, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday observed that for India, on the whole, China's rise has so far been "peaceful", and any differences are dealt with in a "matter of fact" manner.
"I am not going to judge how other neighbours of China or other people who engage with China in the Pacific or elsewhere see their relationship evolving. I think our relationship has evolved peacefully. It has evolved steadily. There hasn't been any major specific problem between us and China," he told The Indian Express on his way back from Myanmar.
According to Khurshid, the structure of interaction between both countries was developing in the right direction and deepening that held the key for a building trust in the relationship.
"Some little thing said here and there is not going to distract us from that purpose and that, I think, is the same attitude that China has."
He went on to add that the new leadership in China had also placed "a high priority on better relations with India" while making the point that the manner in which India and China continue to deal with their problems did reflect high maturity level. He emphasised that none of the difficult issues have escalated beyond control.
Specifically on issues like the Chinese map on the latest e-passports showing Arunachal Pradesh as part of China, Khurshid said these issues were being handled without any bitterness or causing disruption of dialogue.
"We have some issues on which periodically they express, almost as though you want to keep those issues on your agenda. Similarly for us, we respond as well. There's no hostility. It's very matter of fact. It's not done with any bitterness, hostility or aggression. It's like a conversation. You take note of what you are saying and you flag and register what the other person has said, and you leave it at that and carry on."