At a meeting of the Consultative Committee on External Affairs on Saturday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar faced probing questions from opposition Congress members, including Rahul Gandhi, on the government’s foreign policy.
Among the raft of questions — posed by Rahul Gandhi and Congress members Anand Sharma and Shashi Tharoor — were those on how the government plans to engage with the new US administration, its strategy to counter China, the need to find a balance between India’s ties with the US and Russia and the geopolitical contest that has broken out between the US and China.
Reports said Rahul Gandhi, asked the government to spell out its strategy to counter an increasingly aggressive and assertive China. He said there are fears that the world could gravitate towards a bipolar global order where the US and China may emerge as the two major powers.
Reports quoting sources said, Jaishankar, replied that the world will not turn bipolar in the immediate or foreseeable future and pointed out that the role of big powers like Russia, Japan, Germany and the European Union cannot be discounted.