Indian elephant, Chinese dragon must dance together: Chinese Foreign Minister
Speaking for the first time on bilateral ties this year, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi today said the Chinese dragon and Indian elephant must not fight but dance with each other. He also called on both the nations to shed mental inhibitions, manage differences and meet each other halfway to enhance bilateral ties. He was speaking on the sidelines of the parliamentary session.
Issues that affected bilateral ties between India and China
There are many issues that affected the bilateral ties between the two countries in 2017. Some of the issues include Doklam standoff, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, China blocking India's efforts at the UN to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, and India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam.
Trust is the precious commodity in India and China relations
Wang said, "If China and India are united, one plus one will become eleven instead of two." He said the international situation is experiencing its biggest change in a century and China and India must do everything to support each other. "Mutual trust is the precious commodity in their relations," Wang said, adding with political trust, even Himalayas can't stop them from friendly exchanges.
China is willing to take forward our traditional friendship
Wang said, "A shared understanding far outstrip our differences. Our common interests far outweigh our frictions. China is willing and ready to inherit and take forward our traditional friendship and be a friend and partner of Indian people." Calling both the nations, Wang said, let us replace suspicion with trust, manage differences with dialogue and build a future with cooperation."