After Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said that an Asian century cannot cease to exist unless India and China unite, Chinese Foreign Minister said that China and India “have more common interests than differences”.
“China and India are two ancient civilizations, two major emerging economies and two neighboring countries, we have much more common interests than differences. Both sides have the wisdom and ability to help each other succeed instead to undermine each other,” the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said. said Wang Wenbin.
Earlier, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India-China relations were going through an ‘extremely difficult phase’ after what Beijing had done on the border and stressed that the Asian century would not happen. not if the two neighbors couldn’t shake hands.
Jaishshankar’s remarks came as he answered a series of questions after delivering a lecture on “The Indian Vision of the Indo-Pacific” at Bangkok’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University on Thursday.
“The Asian century can only come when China and India achieve solid development”: Wang Wenbin
Meanwhile, reacting to Jaishankar’s comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told media in Beijing that “a Chinese leader once said that if China and India cannot not achieve solid development, then an Asian century cannot happen”.
Wenbin added that a true Asia-Pacific century or Asian century can only happen when China and India and other countries can achieve solid development, because China and India are two ancient civilizations, two emerging economies and two great neighbours.
“We hope the Indian side can work with China in the same direction to follow through on the common understanding between our two leaders on being cooperative partners for each other, not threatening each other. each other and introduce development opportunities to each other, so that China-India relations can quickly return to the track of healthy and steady development, and uphold the common interests of China, India and the world. developing,” Webin told reporters.
“Fluid communication on border issues”
Responding to the question whether China will hold talks with India on disengagement at the remaining sticking points in eastern Ladakh, Wang Wenbin said, “China and India maintain smooth communication on issues. border. The dialogue is very effective.” PTI reported.
Notably, Chinese and Indian militaries were engaged in a protracted standoff in eastern Ladakh that erupted on May 5, 2020, following a clash in the Pangong Lake areas. China and India have so far held 16 rounds of corps commander-level talks to resolve the impasse.
In addition. Speaking about China’s position on the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) – a partnership between India, Australia, the United States and Japan – Wenbin said the nation’s position on the QUAD is consistent and clear. “I would like to emphasize that in a world of peace, cooperation and openness, there will be no support if one seeks to create small cliques because it is against the grain,” he said. he declares.