India can learn from China on how to develop infrastructure but there is no need to mechanically copy its model of development, CPM general secretary, Prakash Karat said on Friday.
Karat, who is leading a delegation of CPM leaders to China and had meetings with two among the most powerful Chinese politicians, told HT that the Communist country could contribute in developing urgently-required infrastructure in India.
Karat said there were obviously areas where India could learn from China about developing infrastructure.
“China could contribute in developing infrastructure in India. But we do not need to mechanically copy (the China model),” the CPM leader said.
As part of the visit, the CPM delegation was taken to Jiangsu and Henan provinces.
“The aim was to see an industrially developed province like Jiangsu and visit a province where the agricultural sector is more developed. We visited an industrial park in Suzhou, which was built with Singaporean collaboration,” he said.
Karat, speaking to HT on phone from Henan, said the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was of the opinion that there was a lot of scope for cooperation between the two countries.
And the festering border dispute between India and China should not hold up cooperation between the two countries in other areas, the CPC leadership conveyed to Karat.
The CPM chief who last visited China in 2005, said the collective message from the leadership was that both countries had agreed to discuss and sort out the issue.
“But both countries should go ahead (with cooperation) in other areas. (There is) lot of scope for cooperation,” Karat said.
The CPM leader’s visit – at the invitation of CPC Central Committee -- comes days before the visit of National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon who will be in Beijing at the end of the month to continue talks on resolving the border dispute.
Menon’s visit will be followed by the visit of defence minister A K Antony in the first week of July.