The performance of India and China would determine how the world would fundamentally be reshaped despite the path chosen by them, said Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday. Gandhi was interacting with students at the Princeton University. He noted that there was “a lot of synergy” between India and the US.
“There are two large migrations taking place – one is completely free and the other is centrally controlled. The systems respond differently. India and China are two huge countries that are transforming from agricultural countries to urban modern model countries. And that’s a huge chunk of the world population,” said Gandhi at the Princeton University.
“And how these two countries do is going to fundamentally reshape the world. It’s not my place to say that China should be democratic or not. They have chosen their path and we have chosen ours,” he said. However, there is “cooperation and there is competition” between the two heavily populated countries.
“China has a particular vision of the world. It’s very clear. And from their perspective it’s a very powerful vision. Does India have a similar vision? What does that vision look like? How much cooperation is going to be between us and them? These are basically the fundamental questions going forward. But the thing to realise is that China is moving with tremendous power and we have to work with that,” he added.
There is a lot of space for cooperation between the United States and India in employment and education sector. “So I think a lot of synergy between the two countries. Also historically India has maintained balance (in relationship). So India has had a relationship with China and has had a relationship with Russia. It has had a relationship with the US and both the countries. To me the strategic relationship with the United States is important,” he said.