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More common interests than differences in ties with India: Li

Last Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 17:08

Beijing: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has said his current India visit is to show the world that Sino-India political mutual trust is being strengthened and there are more common interests in bilateral ties than differences, dismissing the impression that the recent border stand off had cast a shadow on their relationship.

Li told Prime Minister Mamohan Singh during talks that his visit to India is to show to the whole world that China-India political mutual trust is being strengthened and their practical cooperation has been expanded, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei told media here while briefing about Li-Singh meeting in New Delhi.

"I want this visit to show the whole world that the mutual political trust between China and India is rising, practical cooperation is expanding and there are more common interests than differences," Hong quoted Li as telling Singh.

Their common benefits far out way their disputes and differences, Li told Singh, Hong said without any reference to the recent incursion by the Chinese troops in Depsang valley in Ladakh that figured Singh-Li talks yesterday.

"The two countries have the will, wisdom and capability to jointly nurture new bright spots in cooperation among Asian countries, create new engine of the world economy, provide huge growth potential and market demand for Asia and the world, and push forward China-India strategic cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity," Li told Singh.

Singh told Li that the Indian government and people feel honoured for Li making India as the first stop of his maiden trip abroad.

According to Hong, Singh said there is enough space in the world for the common development of India and China, adding that the two countries are partners, not opponents.
Singh said cooperation between India and China has much significance for world peace and prosperity.
India highly values its ties with China and is ready to work with China to advance their practical cooperation, manage and control border disputes, and lift their strategic cooperative partnership to a new level, Singh said.


First Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 17:07
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