In what now seems a regular, annual check-up on the status of Sino-Indian relations, Chinese Special Representative and State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Indian Special Representative and National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon met in New Delhi earlier this week to ponder on the health of our neighborly relations post the reciprocal premier visits last year. Although this was the 17th meeting on the border issue, both sides agreed to maintain the status quo on peaceful and friendly relations.
Besides each maintaining their positions on the border issue, both special representatives also discussed bilateral relations and international and regional issues of mutual interest. They also agreed that as the world’s two biggest developing countries and emerging market economies, China and India hold special and common responsibility for promoting regional and even global peace and development.Furthermore, they agreed that the two sides should maintain high-level exchanges, and continuously increase strategic trust and coordination. The two sides also expressed willingness to push forward the convergence of the markets of the two countries and smoothly encourage railway, industrial park cooperation as well as Bangladesh-India-China-Myanmar economic corridor construction, and to tie up in the building of a “Silk Road” economic belt.
To summarize the bonhomie, China’s Ambassador to India wrote in an editorial in the Hindustan Times – “A good neighbour is an invaluable asset and China’s new leadership believes the nation’s stability and development cannot be realised without India, while India’s development cannot be achieved without China.”
He concluded by saying “China is striving for a ‘Chinese Dream’ of great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. It is a dream for peace, development and win-win cooperation. India also has its own dream of growing stronger. The Chinese Dream is closely linked with the Indian Dream, in that we all wish to work hard so that our people can live in a better life. China is looking forward to a friendly, peaceful, stable, prosperous and powerful India.”
Lastly marking yet another year as the China India Year of Friendly Exchanges, the special representatives from China and India maintained that 2014, the year of the horse, would spell even more success, prosperity and closeness of ties between the neighbours.