China should avoid viewing its ties with India from the perspective of other countries, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday. Jaishankar met Wang on the sidelines of a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation at Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
The external affairs minister said that India and China had to “deal with each other on merits” and establish a relationship based on mutual respect. “EAM [Jaishankar] conveyed that India had never subscribed to any clash of civilisations theory,” a press release issued by the external affairs ministry stated.
Two days earlier, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat had remarked that India must prepare to deal with “adversaries” on both fronts, according to The Hindu. He had also noted China’s stance on Afghanistan, and Beijing “making friends” with Iran and Turkey, terming it a “jointmanship between the Sinic and Islamic civilisations”.
Rawat reportedly asked whether this could lead to a “clash of civilisations” with western countries.