Today News Online Service
New Delhi, March 7
“China and India are each other’s friends and partners, not threats or rivals. The two sides need to help each other succeed instead of undercutting,” said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a press conference on the sidelines of the 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing.
The minister suggested intensification of cooperation instead of harbouring suspicion against each other to resolve border issues. The China-India relationship is essentially about how the world’s two largest developing countries get along and pursue development and rejuvenation together,’’ he said in response to one of the 27 questions asked at the press conference.
It is important that the two sides expand and enhance cooperation to create enabling conditions for settlement of the border issues. —Wang Yi, China Foreign Minister
For the most, Wang dwelt on China’s expectations from the US, a reiteration of its friendship with Russia, no compromise on One China principle, the need for closer ties with Europe and Africa, faith in multilateralism and a defence of its positions on Hong Kong and the Uyghur community .
Wang said the factors of instability and security risks in South China Sea came mainly from outside the region.
At the same time, he warned “China’s sovereignty is not to be infringed upon and the dignity of the Chinese nation is not to be trifled with.”