'India not competing with China in Africa'

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Shashi Tharoor
New York, Oct 18: Minister of State for External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor has said that India's relationship with Africa is independent of China's activities in the continent and competition with Beijing does not determine its policies for Africa.

"As far as we're concerned, our relationship with the very many countries of Africa is independent of what China is doing there," Tharoor was quoted by a news agency during his first official visit to New York.

He pointed that development and reconstruction work in the region required contribution only by China and India, but also by Western nation.

"What we're doing in Africa, we're doing it because we think its the right thing to do as well as we're genuinely convinced that Africa is a place when India can make a valuable contribution," Tharoor said.

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