During the much-published visit of Rahul Gandhi to Kailash Mansarovar in September last year, he had a meeting with a couple of Chinese ministers. And this sensational revelation has come from Rahul Gandhi himself, not from any other source.
While talking about job loss due to automation, Rahul Gandhi said that he had met Chinese ministers during his visit to Kailash Mansarovar. Rahul Gandhi made these comments while addressing a town hall meet titled Reimagining India in Bhubaneswar today.
While answering a question on concerns of automation in job creation, Rahul Gandhi said that a couple of Chinese ministers told him during his Kailash visit that China is facing no problem in job creation due to automation. He said “how can China, in a world which is automated, is producing 50,000 new jobs in every 24 hours. Why? Why is it that automation is a problem in Europe, automation is a problem in India, but automation does not seem to bother the Chinese. When I had gone to Kailash, I met a couple of their ministers, and they said no job creation is not a problem in China at all. We have plenty of jobs.”
There was no report of Rahul Gandhi meeting Chinese ministers during his pilgrimage to the holy lake, this means the meeting was kept a secret, and Rahul Gandhi accidentally revealed it while talking about an unrelated matter in Odisha today. Rahul Gandhi is a member of parliament, and the president of the largest opposition party. Moreover, China is not a friendly country, it is hostile towards India. China claims Arunachal Pradesh to be their territory, their forces regularly intrude into the Indian side of the border. Therefore, any unpublished meeting with the Chinese government by Indian politicians is a serious issue.
It is not known whether the government of India is aware of this meeting.
This is not the first time the Congress president had secret meetings with foreign dignitaries to be revealed later. On 8th July 2017, Rahul Gandhi had a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui which was not made public. When some media houses reported the meeting, the Congress party termed it fake news. But later the meeting was confirmed by the Chinese embassy on its website.
The meeting between Rahul Gandhi and the Chinese Ambassador had happened when both the countries were engaged in the Doklam Standoff, which lasted till August 2017.