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India, China relationship is going to be ‘tough’, says Rahul Gandhi

"It's tough right now. I mean, they've occupied some of our territory. It's rough. It's not too easy", replied Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi, the Congress emphasized the affinity between India and China and told that the two neighboring countries are not going to have an easy relationship but a tough one. He also claimed that India cannot be driven around by China.

On a three-day US tour, Gandhi made these remarks in answering a question made by a student at the Stanford University campus in California.

What did Rahul Gandhi say about the India-China relationship

The students asked, “How do you see the India-China relationship evolving in the next 5-10 years?” 

“It’s tough right now. I mean, they’ve occupied some of our territory. It’s rough. It’s not too easy (a relationship)”, replied Gandhi.

Gandhi also said, “India cannot be pushed around. That something is not going to happen.”

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In eastern Ladakh, India and China are also locked in a lingering border standoff for three years.

In June 2020, the bilateral relationship also came under severe strain following the deadly clash in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. 

India said that the bilateral relationship cannot be normal unless there is peace in the border area.

Rahul Gandhi endowed New Delhi’s policy of having its relationship with Russia in the context of the Ukrainian war during his interaction at Stanford University, despite the pressure it feels from the West.

In response to a question when asked for his support of India’s neutral stance on Russia, Gandhi replied, “We have a relationship with Russia, we have certain dependencies on Russia. So, I would have a similar stance as the Government of India.” 

He said that India is a vast country whereby it will have relationships with other countries. Thus, it has to look for its own interest lastly.

It’s not so small and dependent that it will have a relationship with one and nobody else, Rahul added.

“We will always have these types of relationships. We will have better relationships with some people, evolving relationships with other people. So that balance is there,” the former Congress president said.

Supporting a strong relationship between India and the United States, Gandhi highlighted the essence of manufacturing and both countries collaborating in emerging fields like data and artificial intelligence. He said that Simply focusing on the security and defense aspect of this bilateral relationship is not enough.

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