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Jaishankar Says India Needs to Bolster Its Manufacturing Sector if It Wants to Effectively Counter China

India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar speaking at the India Today Conclave 2024 on March 16, 2024, where he was asked to reflect on the current state of relations with China. Image via India Today.

India’s top diplomat S. Jaishankar said military force alone is not going to be enough to counter China. Instead, India will have to build up its manufacturing capacity to reduce its economic reliance on the Chinese.

“We need to recognize that we have a very challenging, strategic neighbor. It’s not just about the boundary issue. There are major economic issues as well,” Jaishankar said on Saturday. “If you need to deal with China you need to have an economy which is geared up for it,” he added.

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