Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said that India and China will fundamentally reshape the world irrespective of the path of development the two Asian giants have chosen. Interacting with students at the prestigious Princeton University, he underlined that “cooperation and competition” was a part of the relations between the two most populous countries of the world.
Rahul Gandhi is on a two week tour to United States where he is interacting with policy makers, students and the lawmakers.
“There are two large migrations taking place – one is completely free and the other is centrally controlled. The systems respond differently. India and China are two huge countries that are transforming from agricultural countries to urban modern model countries. And that’s a huge chunk of the world population,” Gandhi said.
“And how these two countries do is going to fundamentally reshape the world. It’s not my place to say that China should be democratic or not. They have chosen their path and we have chosen ours,” the Congress No 2 leader added.
Elaborating further on his view he said that there is competition as much as cooperation between the countries.
“We have to figure out how to get our jobs. We have to basically compete with China,” said adding that frankly India is not doing that well.
“Does India has a similar vision? What does that vision look like? How much cooperation is going to be between us and them? These are basically the fundamental questions going forward. But the thing to realise is that China is moving with tremendous power and we have to work with that,” he said.
China, he said, is entering spaces with One Belt, One Road (OBOR) venture. “…China has a particular vision of the world. It’s very clear. And from their perspective it’s a very powerful vision,” he said.
On Tuesday, while interacting with students at the Princeton University he also noted that there was “a lot of synergy” between India and the United States and there’s a lot of space for cooperation between the United States and India in the creation of jobs and in the education sector.
“So I think a lot of synergy between the two countries. Also historically India has maintained balance (in relationship). So India has had a relationship with China and has had a relationship with Russia. It has had a relationship with the US and both the countries. To me the strategic relationship with the United States is important,” he said.
Gandhi also underscored the need for a balance (of relationship) in terms of all the other countries.
“But balance is also important in terms of all the other countries. So I would say there is a a slight difference between us and the government,” Gandhi said in response to a question.
(With inputs from the PTI)