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China and India look forward to closer cooperation

By Zhao Jia | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2022-06-22 23:17

Indian and Chinese national flags flutter side by side at the Raisina hills in New Delhi, India, in this file photo. [Photo/Xinhua]

China and India should meet each other halfway so as to steer bilateral relations back on track for stable and sound development, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday.

When meeting Pradeep Kumar Rawat, India's new ambassador to China, Wang underlined the importance of China-India relations, saying they concern the wellbeing of the 2.8 billion people of the two countries, and whether the world can truly achieve justice, equality and harmony.

Noting that the countries' common interests far outweigh their differences, Wang said China and India should focus on the overall situation while calling for the two sides to jointly tackle global challenges and safeguard shared interests of the two countries as well as developing countries.

China and India should achieve mutual successes instead of mutual attrition, Wang said, adding that they should strengthen cooperation and enhance trust rather than guard against and mistrust each other.

To grow their relations, Wang said China and India need to adhere to the important strategic consensus of leaders of the two countries. China and India are cooperative partners rather than competitive rivals, and pose no threat but offer development opportunities to each other, Wang added.

The two countries should put boundary issues in an appropriate position in bilateral ties and seek solutions through dialogue and consultation, Wang said.

Wang noted Beijing and New Delhi should continuously instill positive energy to bilateral ties by expanding mutually beneficial cooperation and giving full play to the traditional advantages of people-to-people exchanges.

Wang also called on the two countries to expand multilateral cooperation and revitalize Eastern civilizations to usher in a better future for mankind.

Calling the ties between the two countries one of the most important bilateral relations in the world, Rawat said India-China relations have been always full of opportunities though going through some ups and downs.

Noting India will pursue independent foreign policies, the ambassador said India stands ready to work with China to strengthen communication, resolve differences properly and enhance mutual trust to put forward bilateral cooperation.

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