India-China managing ties well despite differences: Jaishankar

Last Updated: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 14:43

Beijing: India and China are managing their relationship well and looking for long-term solutions to resolve their differences as the "old mindset still prevails",
Indian Ambassador to China has said, hoping that Premier Wen
Jiabao`s visit to India would increase bilateral cooperation.

"Even on our differences, we have managed them well
while seeking long-term solutions," Ambassador S Jaishankar
said in an interview to Chinese news agency, Xinhua, ahead of
Wen`s December 15-17 visit to India.

The two countries have held interactions in a range of
fields, from agriculture and environment to urbanisation and
transport, he said.

The convergence of interests of India and China will
transcend rhetoric and manifest itself in substantial
cooperation and interaction, Jaishankar who is in New Delhi to
make preparations for Wen`s visit, said.

"This could be expressed in different dimensions of our relationship: on bilateral ties, on regional questions and on global issues," he said.
India hoped Wen`s visit would raise the level of
bilateral cooperation, Jaishankar said adding that relations
had developed positively since Premier`s last visit in 2005,
when China and India agreed to establish a "strategic and
cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity."

With regard to problems in Sino-Indian relations,
he said most of the issues were historic and in other cases,
"the old mindset still prevails."
"The question really boils down to whether one
recognises the reality of growing inter-dependence in the
contemporary world," he said, adding the risks of not getting
along were very high.

He said that so long as world views were dominated
by the balance of power and national competition, issues in
the relationship would get more prominence than they probably
deserved.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 14:43

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