India, Pak could overtake China: Bill Clinton

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India, Pak could overtake China: Bill Clinton

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Chicago:  Former US president Bill Clinton has said that India has to try to make progress with Pakistan. Clinton said that if India and Pakistan were to work together, they could overtake even China in 21st century in terms of growth.

Clinton, who US President Barack Obama once considered appointing US special envoy on Kashmir - an idea swiftly shot down by India, says in order to become a global super power, India must make progress with Pakistan first.

"If you did not have to raise defence spending 20 per cent a year and these countries could be working together, I think you will grow faster than China," said Clinton.

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The former US president, who played a role in ending Pakistan's occupation of Kargil heights in 1999, has voiced a hard reality - that decades of rivalry have prevented both India and Pakistan from realising their full economic and geopolitical potential.

While Clinton's vision of a peaceful subcontinent is not very different from that of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who said in Parliament last year that India and Pakistan's destinies are interlinked, mapping the pathway for peace continues to be elusive.

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