Shyam Saran talks about how India should be mindful of China’s internal politics, the shift in the Euro-centric worldview and maintaining India’s strategic ties. This session was moderated by Shubhajit Roy, Deputy Chief of National Bureau, The Indian Express
Shubhajit Roy: You write in the book (How China Sees India and the World) about how you went to China and made friends. What did you see that changed your perception?
It was only in 1974 that I crossed into China for my first posting. That was a China which, unlike today, was entirely closed to the rest of the world. And then I returned in 1983. It almost seemed as if this was a kind of Wild West China where people were taking this dictum of ‘to get rich is glorious’ very seriously. But even that pales in comparison to what I see when I go to China today; it’s a modern-day marvel. There is no doubt that there has been a 40-year sprint which has completely transformed China.