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India ready for security arrangement with China

BEIJING: India on Friday said it was ready to join hands with China to evolve a new flexible “security architecture” that will be “open” and “inclusive” to ensure peace and stability in Asia and beyond. “An open and inclusive architecture, which is flexible enough to accommodate the great diversity which exists in Asia, is needed,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told students and scholars at the prestigious Peking University here.

According to Indian news agency the minister opposed creation of “sub-regional security arrangements that are narrow and ultimately ineffective. “We cannot transplant ideas from other parts of the world,” Mukherjee said a day after holding wide ranging talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi here. In his speech on India’s Foreign Policy he said “we already have some dialogue forums in place, such as ARF (Asean Regional forum), the CICA (Confidence-Building Measures in Asia) and the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation), where we are discussing security issues”.

As two major countries in Asia, India and China should try to work together to evolve a new framework “from these basic building blocks”, he said. “We should work together towards peace, security and stability in Asia and beyond. For this, we will need to evolve a security architecture which takes into account the conditions prevailing in Asia,” Mukherjee said. “I have no doubt that they will help us address our common concerns, such as the security of the sea lanes of communication, which are critical to trade and energy flows in our region and on which the future of our two countries will depend”, he told the audience.-SANA

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