In a sign of improving relations among both countries, China on Thursday said ‘sound and stable’ development of ties in recent years has proved that the ‘dragon’ and the ‘elephant’ can join hands and peacefully co-exist.
“Once, predictions about our future relations dwelled on ‘rivalry between the dragon and the elephant’. However, the sound and stable development of bilateral relations in recent years has proved that the ‘dragon’ and the ‘elephant’ can join hands to dance together,” Minister Counsellor of Chinese Embassy Cheng Guangzhong told PTI.
The Chinese minister further said, “Cultural exchanges and dialogues are crucial for the two countries to seek common ground while maintaining individual characteristics. Two of the oldest civilisations in the world, China and India, are more than capable of finding ways to achieve peaceful coexistence as giant neighbours.”
“We are also ancient civilisations with a time-honoured history and brilliant culture. The two neighbours have long engaged in exchanges and mutual learning. As major countries in Asia, China and India have always been a focus of attention,” Cheng added.
“The two largest Asian nations bear the historical responsibility and mandate of the times to maintain peace and stability in Asia and achieve its prosperity and renewal.”
China-India ties have recently been under stress due to issues like China’s opposition to India’s efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN and Beijing’s efforts to scuttle India’s membership bid at NSG.
China has also blocked a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra in Tibet as part of the construction of its ‘most expensive’ hydro-power project, causing concern in India as it may impact water flows into the lower riparian countries.