China's ruling Communist Party has said it has nothing to do with the Left parties' opposition to the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal and that it was an internal matter of India.
"No not at all. The Indo-US civilian nuclear deal is an internal affair of India and we will not use our party-to-party relations with the CPI or CPI (M) to oppose that," a senior leader of Communist Party of China (CPC) Ai Ping told PTI.
He was asked about the perception in some quarters in India that the Left's opposition to the civil nuclear agreement was influenced by CPC.
Quoting a key principle taught by ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius, "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do unto others," Ai, who is Director-General of the International Department of CPC's Central Committee, said that China highly cherishes its sovereignty and independence.
"So we must respect other people's sovereignty and independence," he said. "In conducting party-to-party relations, we have four principles: independence, complete equality, mutual respect and non-interference in each other's internal affairs.
"By non-interference, we mean that we will not intervene in the internal affairs of other political parties and certainly, we will not use our party-to-party relations to interfere with the internal affairs of other countries," Ai said.