The world has gradually become inter-connected and inter-dependent. This transformation has made it essential for India and China to work together on trade and investments regardless of a festering border dispute, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
“It is true that we have a border dispute with China. But in the last 40 years, not a single bullet has been fired because of border dispute,” said PM Modi at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
PM Modi shared the stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Austria and Moldova.
The statement came when PM was asked whether India’s opposition to China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ project echoes deep conflict between them. Recently, India had boycotted a prestigious conference hosted by China on the project, mentioning “sovereignty” problem.
The prime minister said that it is not the same bipolar world of before when countries were aligned either with the United States or the former Soviet Union. “It is an inter-connected and inter-dependent world. So countries may have some disputes and some areas of collaboration,” he said.
India and Russia bond has stood the test of time as it was based on trust.