1. Rise of India and China Changing Global Balance:According to Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, the rise of India and China was changing the global balance. India and China together account for 40 per cent of the world's working age population and 19 per cent of the global economy in PPP (Purchasing Power Parity) terms, according to Mr. Lee. In the next 20 years their collective share of the global economy could match their percentage of the global population.
2. Asian Renaissance will Depend on How India and China Work Together:Mr. Lee stressed that Asia's place in the world would depend on how both India and China work together as they rise and actively set out to avoid ending up in opposing camps.
3. Need for India and China to Understand Each Other:It was vital that India and China understand where they stand vis-a-vis each other, according to Mr. Lee. He opined that the two countries must not be paranoid and suspicious of each other. Instead they can cooperate and compete economically, and each improves its performance by using the other's progress as benchmarks.
4. Major Shift in China's Assessment of India: According to Chinese experts on international relations, there is a major shift in China's assessment of India. The assessment is based on the following: * China Looks at India as a Comprehensive National Power: India rapid economic growth combined with its growing importance in international affairs has led to China looking at India as a "comprehensive national power." * Highest Priority to Relations with India: China accords highest priority for relations with India, according to Chinese experts. It is pointed out that India falls into each of the four major categories of countries that is in China's foreign policy objective to focus diplomatic energies on. The four categories are: developing countries, neighbouring countries, rising powers, and... [continues]
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