Panchsheel a catalyst for better India-China relations: Ansari

ansari-china-wallBEIJING: Taking a long-range view of India-China relations, Vice-President Hamid Ansari has called for a new paradigm of global action and underlined the relevance of the Panchsheel, the five principles of peaceful coexistence, as the basis for a harmonious relationship between the two Asian countries as well as an equitable global order.

Ansari, who is on a five-day visit to China, also emphasied the need for India and China to narrow down differences and build on convergences by exploiting the potential of Panchsheel, the five principles of peaceful coexistence propounded by the two countries along with Myanmar in 1954.

“We need a new paradigm for global action. Our destinies are intertwined. Our quest is, should be, for a framework in which opportunities and challenges for the betterment of our societies co-exist.”

“In this endeavour, Panchsheel can act as a catalyst to help us better coordinate our efforts, enhance mutual understanding, share developmental experiences and tackle trans-national threats more effectively.”

“In our respective bilateral relations, our common interests far outweigh our differences,” Ansari said in Beijing June 28. Ansari, a former diplomat, was addressing a commemorative meeting of the 60th anniversary of Panchsheel in the majestic Great Hall of the People, in which Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Myanmar counterpart Thien Sein also took part.

“On the way forward, we have to build on our convergences and narrow down our differences. Panchsheel can help us exploit this potential for cooperation and come up with fresh, innovative initiatives to improve the lives of our people,” Ansari said.

Panchsheel was enunciated by India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, along with his then Chinese counterpart Zhou Enlai. It was subsequently endorsed by Myanmar.

“The imperatives of the 21st century propel us towards a better understanding of each other’s objectives and more purposeful cooperation for mutual benefit. Greater interaction between the people of our two countries, in all fields, is a necessary condition for stronger overall bilateral relations,” said Ansari.

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