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India should not discriminate against Chinese firms: Yechury

India should not discriminate against the Chinese firms for reasons of security, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2006 01:02 IST

India should not discriminate against the Chinese firms for reasons of security while not applying the same yardstick for companies from other countries such as the United States, the CPI (M) conveyed to the Government on Thursday.

The party's polit buro member Sitaram Yechury, who returned from a visit to Chinaon Wednesday, met External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, on Thursday to convey his party's message.

He had led a five-member delegation to China and met ministers and several senior members of the Communist Party of China.

Recently, a Chinese firm was disallowed from building a port in Kerala on the grounds that it is also building a port in Pakistan. "On the same yardstick, all US companies that are operating both in India and Pakistan should not be allowed here. There should be no compromise on security but discrimination should be sector wise not country wise,"’ Yechury said.

Yechury told Mukherjee that while the Chinese authorities did not directly comment on the issue during his tour, they had diplomatically communicated their unease on the firm not being allowed in India.

He said the Chinese authorities are, in fact, keen to have a synergy between the two countries. "The border issue is there. It is a legacy of history. Negotiations must continue on that issue. There are irritations. But in other areas, relations should improve between India and China," the CPI (M) leader said, adding that the November visit of Chinese President, Hu Jintao, would be "significant" in that context.

The Chinese authorities, according to Yechury, like the UPA Government, want to focus on "economic multi-lateralism" in the future. "The Chinese are talking about a tri-lateral relationship between India, China and Russia. This along with India, Brazil and the South Africa combine can form a pentagon to tackle US uni-lateralism," Yechury conveyed to Mukherjee.

In this context, India can play the role of a catalyst, he added.

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First Published: Oct 27, 2006 01:02 IST