'India, China can make dragon-elephant tango possible'

Noting that development was a common strategic goal for both India and China, Chinese Ambassador to India Le Yucheng has said the two countries can complement each other's advantages to make "dragon-elephant tango" possible.

New Delhi: Noting that development was a common strategic goal for both India and China, Chinese Ambassador to India Le Yucheng has said the two countries can complement each other's advantages to make "dragon-elephant tango" possible.

He said that both India and China are actively preparing for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in next few months. "I am eagerly looking forward to this visit and full of confidence about its success. I believe that this year would again bring a bumper harvest for the China-India relations." He was speaking at a reception to mark Chinese New Year late last night.

Noting that as new emerging markets, both China and India are going through a critical period of seeking the great national rejuvenation, Le said development was a common strategic goal and providing a better life to their people is the top priority for both the countries.

"Industries of our two countries have their respective strong points, China is called 'world's factory' and India is called as 'world's back office'. The two countries can complement each other's advantages; help each other move forward, thus making 'dragon-elephant tango' possible," he said.

Talking about various initiatives by China to closely work with other countries, the Ambassador mentioned 'One road, one belt' programme involving building infrastructure, setting up of industries and boosting people to people contacts.

"One road, one belt" initiatives can also be linked with India's "Spice Route" and "Mausam" projects, thus forming a new starting point and a new bright spot in China-India cooperation, Le added. The Indian projects are aimed at generating interest among modern travellers to this ancient maritime route which was responsible for bringing travellers across the world in ancient times to India.

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