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Jack Straw acknowledges India as a global player

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw terms India a "global player" along with China, Japan and Russia.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 22:08 IST

India has become a "global player" that has "significant influence" in international relations along with other major powers like China, Japan and Russia, according to British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

Launching a white paper on "Active Diplomacy for a Changing World: The UK's International Priorities" at the foreign office's Leadership Conference 2006 in London, Straw said India was "an increasingly significant partner" for Britain.

Straw said, "...The advances in technology over the past decade have been truly immense. These developments are changing our daily lives and are re-ordering the world in which we live.

"Nowhere is this more true than in China and India. These two countries, which together represent two-fifths of humanity, have different traditions and a different make-up.

"But in both cases economic progress accelerated as a result of political and economic reforms in the early 1990s. And since then both have been growing on a scale and at a speed which outstrips anything we have seen before."

The conference was attended by 200 British envoys, governors and other foreign office staff brought back from their posts worldwide.

The 60-page white paper positioned India as a global player with significant influence along with China, Japan and Russia.

It stated that India is an important partner on global economic and political issues including energy and climate change, serious regional crises, and global non-proliferation. As the world's largest democracy, India will have a growing influence in international affairs and on the global economy.

"It will have particular strengths in the service and knowledge sectors, while broadening the base of its growth. India will face challenges in maintaining the pace of reform and managing the pressures of rapid growth and uneven development between regions.

"But its traditions of democracy and the rule of law will help it to seize the opportunities and manage the tensions created by rapid change."

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