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When country like China becomes a superpower, then we need to be ready for our security: S Jaishankar

Bangalore : External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Friday that when a regional power like China is moving towards becoming a superpower, then India will have to be prepared for the “destabilizing changes” it will bring. During the interaction with the students at PES University, on the question asked about the effects of the current situation in China and Taiwan, he said that if you are talking about the widespread presence of China around the coastal areas including the Indian Ocean region, then I believe that In this regard, India will have to assess and evaluate, including the impact on our own security.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that historically we have always seen China as a country located to our north. We keep an eye on this situation. He said that when a power is moving from a regional power to a superpower, very volatile changes take place and our country has to be ready for these changes.

He said that when our interests are involved, I think it matters a lot that we are very clear and determined to defend our interests. On the question of permanent membership of the UN Security Council, the External Affairs Minister said that this is a big issue and it will not happen easily, because the world is not a liberal place and countries have to fight a lot for what they get.

Team of Indian diplomats reaches Embassy in Afghanistan

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar further said that a team of Indian diplomats has visited Afghanistan and India will continue to maintain people-to-people ties in view of its historic ties with the neighboring country. Ambassadors are not included in this team. Jaishankar said that Indian diplomats had left the embassy located there in August last year in view of the situation in Afghanistan and now a batch of diplomats have gone back. According to the Foreign Minister, the Afghan personnel posted there are intact and India will pay them salaries.

It would be better if there is a US consulate in Bangalore

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that if there is a US consulate in Bangalore, it would be good. The Union Minister said that such a demand had come before him in his interaction with the business community in Electronic City. However, he said that the final decision would be of the US government. Jaishankar said, ‘I think it would be right (opening the consulate) from the American point of view, but it is not for my ministry to decide. The decision is for US officials to make. Well I am going to America next month. I will definitely keep this thing in mind.

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