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'Improving ties with Pak key to India overtaking China'

world Updated: Oct 11, 2009 16:07 IST

Improving relationship with Pakistan is key to India overtaking China and "revolutionising" the 21st century to emerge as a global power, former US President Bill Clinton has said.

"...if that one thing (improving ties with Pakistan) could be done by India, it would revolutionise the 21st century in ways no one can imagine," Clinton said at the PAN-IIT conference in Chicago.

"Try to find a way to keep making progress with the Pakistanis," Clinton said.

He stated this when asked by an audience member what India must do to become a superpower and gain more influence at the UN and G-20.

"If you did not have to raise defence spending 20 per cent a year and these countries could be working together I think you will grow faster than China," he said.

Clinton said the idea that the Chinese are going to dominate the 21st century is not necessarily true. "It depends mostly what you do and if you can continue to plough money into the development of the poor and reduce inequalities in India."

Clinton, who has time and again volunteered to help India and Pakistan resolve the issue of Kashmir, suggested going for the IIT model as the model of the future "and not the standoffs of 1971 or the fights over Kashmir or whatever."