India keeping a tab on China regime change

India is closely watching the regime change in China and hopes that positive steps initiated by the two neighbours in the last few years will be taken forward by the new leadership.

Responding to questions on the change of guard in Beijing, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, while making a statement on the Asia-Europe Meeting in Laos, said: “As you know, China has a very orderly and scientific system by which they have generational change and this is a significant generational change taking place in China. We are watching it closely.” “As a friendly neighbour, we look forward to a more meaningful and sustainable relationship with China under the new leadership. We wish them well, and hope that the positive steps that we have taken together in the last few years will be taken further by the new leadership.”

On the re-election of Barack Obama as the US president, Khurshid said: “There is a lot of work to be done in international cooperation, in the field of commerce, business, economics and security.” Volleying questions on the two Italian marines arrested months ago for killing two Kerala fishermen, Khurshid said the matter was pending before the Supreme Court. “In our meetings with Italian leaders we reasserted and reaffirmed that India has an outstanding system of law, very transparent, and the rule of law prevails in our country, and all friendly countries should repose faith and would find that their faith is vindicated is the word we used…”

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