The envoy’s positive messaging amid speculation about some recent differences signals Beijing’s intent to keep the relationship with India on an even keel by focusing on widening the arc of win-win cooperation between Asia’s leading economies.
“The Chinese government attaches great importance to its relations with India, which is a basic foreign policy we have adhered to for a long time,” he said.
In his speech, the Chinese envoy unveiled a new multi-dimensional approach to bolstering India-China relations, which will entail “leading, transmitting, shaping and integrating”.
Leading, the envoy explained, means to make the second informal summit a success by highlighting the guidance of the two leaders. “Transmitting refers to the transmission of the leaders’ consensus to all levels and translate the consensus into tangible cooperation and outcomes. Shaping means going beyond the mode of managing differences, shaping bilateral relations and accumulating positive momentum,” he said. “Integrating” means to strengthen exchanges and cooperation, promote convergence of interests and achieve common development, he explained.
Amid some differences of perception over issues like Kashmir, the Chinese envoy called for a rational approach. “For neighbours and major countries, differences are hard to avoid. The key is to properly handle them,” he said.“We should look at issues with rationality, put them in the bigger picture, reduce differences through consultation, settle disputes through dialogue, promote peace through development, and enhance mutual trust through cooperation. Only by this way can we lead the trend of our times and meet people’s expectations.”
The first informal summit between PM Modi and President Xi was held in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in April 2018, which culminated in the “Wuhan consensus” for upscaling the India-China partnership in diverse areas.
- Manish Chand is Founder-CEO and Editor-in-Chief of India Writes Network (www.indiawrites.org) and India and World, a pioneering magazine focused on international affairs. He is CEO/Director of TGII Media Private Limited, an India-based media, publishing, research and consultancy company.
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