India: Patience pays when dealing with China

PH'S PARTNER. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario meets with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid at the DFA on Oct 18. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Regional power India on Tuesday, October 22, advised the Philippines to keep its cool in dealing with China even after Manila took Beijing to an international tribunal. “My advice is, patience does pay,” Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said in an open forum after a lecture at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Pasay City. Khurshid said the Philippines and China, like other countries, can “ring-fence the difficulties but continue working in areas where there is potential for convergence and growth.” “When you’re dealing with China, you have to be patient. It is important because it’s an old civilization. We are an old civilization. We have learned to work with patience in a steady pace that is acceptable to both. And I think every country needs to do this,” Khurshid explained. The foreign minister on Tuesday delivered a lecture titled, “The Shaping of India’s Foreign Policy,” to inaugurate the Rizal-Nehru Memorial Lecture Series at the DFA. He made an official visit to the Philippines from Monday, October 21, to Tuesday, for talks on bilateral cooperation.

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