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India's Modi targets China in election speech

Published on Feb 22, 2014 8:27 PM
 
Chief Minister of India's western Gujarat state and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, seen holding a cup of tea, takes part in the 'talk over tea' broadcast and election campaign in Ahmedabad on Feb 12, 2014. India's opposition leader Narendra Modi, favourite to win this year's polls, on Saturday, Feb 22, 2014, warned neighbour China to shed its "expansionist mindset" as he toured a disputed region in the remote northeast. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's opposition leader Narendra Modi, favourite to win this year's polls, on Saturday warned neighbour China to shed its "expansionist mindset" as he toured a disputed region in the remote northeast.

Mr Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said China should instead focus on forging peaceful bilateral ties with India.

Mr Modi was speaking during an election rally in the state of Arunachal Pradesh nestled in the eastern stretch of the Himalayas that China claims as its own.

"The world has changed. An expansionist mindset will not be accepted. China will also have to do away with such a mindset," Mr Modi said in comments posted on his official website.

 
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