India not in competition with China in Africa: Tharoor
Stressing that it had a key role to play in Africa's future, India on Sunday said that there was no need to compete with China in the continent where Beijing has already established a strong presence.world Updated: Oct 19, 2009 01:57 IST
Stressing that it had a key role to play in Africa's future, India on Sunday said that there was no need to compete with China in the continent where Beijing has already established a strong presence.
"As far as we're concerned our relationship with the very many countries of Africa is independent of what China is doing there," Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor told PTI during his first official visit to New York.
"It is unconstructive to see any of these relationships in terms of a third country," he said.
The minister, who is handling Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, noted that development and reconstruction work in the region required contributions not only by China and India but also by Western nations.
"Competition is not the point," he said.
"What we're doing in Africa, we're doing it because we think it's the right thing to do as well as we're genuinely convinced that Africa is a place when India can make a valuable contribution," he said.
After a successful trip to Liberia, Tharoor is heading next week to the West African country of Benin with a business delegation.
The minister, who takes a business delegation on his travels, pointed out that the policy of Indian government would be to open the doors of Africa to the private sector.