Zee Media Bureau/Ajith Vijay Kumar
New Delhi/Beijing: Addressing the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that India and China share a common destiny and have unlimited scope for cooperation.
“Relations between India and China are unique in the world. We are two continuous ancient civilizations,” the PM said.
He also highlighted the need for both sides to be sensitive to the others’ interests. “We (India, China) need to be sensitive on mutual interests....We have vital stake in global growth,” he said.
“A multi-polar world is emerging but is contours are not yet clear...India welcomes China`s emergence. Old theories of alignment are no longer relevant,” he said.
Speaking on the Indo-China relationship, Manmohan Singh said that there are concerns on both sides, be they incidents on the border or trans-river issues.
“As large growing consumers of energy, India, China should intensify cooperation in joint development of renewable energy sources, energy security,” adding that both countries should move quickly to resolve our boundary issue and stressed that peace at Indo-China border essential for mutual confidence.
The PM praised the high rate of economic growth achieved by China; he said “We are the world’s two most populous nations, engaged in a process of socio-economic transformation of our people on an unprecedented scale. We want to draw up on China`s strength in manufacturing sector, skill development.”
“In our own ways, we have also had an impact in shaping the global economy – China in the manufacturing and India in the services sector. It is important for the future of our relations,” he said.
“The prolonged global economic crisis has affected us, as it has many emerging economies. I believe that this is a temporary disruption. We have emphasized modernization, also addressing the challenges of opportunities, capacity and equity for our vast and diverse population,” Manmohan Singh said.
“We(India, China) have emphasized not only modernization but also addressed challenges of opportunities, capacity, equity for our populations...growing population, shrinking land, improving consumption levels has made food priority important for us,” he said.