Itanagar Nov 12: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s principle of five ‘S’s – Samman(Respect), Samwaad(Dialogue), Sahyog(Cooperation), Shanti (Peace) that only can usher in Sammriddhi(Prosperity) of the two Asian giants and neighbours – India and China.
She was giving a talk on the topic ‘Towards bridging the Indo-China Relationship for an Emerging Asia’ as part of the 7th Late RutumKamgo Memorial Lecture organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Charitable Trust here at DorjeeKhandu State Convention Center today.
The Defence Minister regarded India and China as key players who are in the centre-stage of all global developments and issues. She said the relation between the two countries has direct and indomitable impact on everything global, therefore it (the relation) will have to be ‘good’.
She informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi is giving lot of efforts in improving and sustaining a friendly relationship with China and the situation has improved.
“Today we both cannot deny each other’s significance and dominance, especially in Asia and South East Asia. Need of the hour is to cooperate with each other, resolve all issues through dialogue and progress together as because of us both the 21st century is regarded as the Age of Asia,” she said.
Through dialogues and meetings at the highest levels, she pointed, a mechanism is being put in place to resolve all issues at the nip and advocated trust and confidence building measures at all levels.
Sitharaman also delved on few key fields in which both the countries can cooperate and help each other besides trades.
“We need to compete but it should never end up in conflict,” she added.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, joining the talk, said people of Arunachal Pradesh have high expectations from leaders of both the countries, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi in improving and strengthening Indo-China relationship. He reasoned that Arunachal Pradesh will benefit the most in such a scenario.
For prosperity of Arunachal Pradesh, North East India and for the Act East policy to succeed, Khandu called to look at the region from the lens of trade too. He said if there can be trade through Nathu La pass in Sikkim and in Uttarakhand through the Lipukekh pass, why not build the Ledo road.
He pointed that the Ledo Road or the Stilwell Road, as it is popularly known,was the prime mover for *****-border trade and economic integration in the region.
“If this road is operational. this will not only facilitate the movement of goods but will also help in building cultural and people to people ties,” he said.
The Chief Minister also advocated focusing on building relations with ASEAN countries, which he claimed, will benefit the entire North East immensely.