"China and India should cooperate rather than compete with one another"

According to Wang Wenbin, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, China, and India have far more similar interests than differences and should work to strengthen their relationship rather than pose a threat to one another.

China's response to India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar's claim that Beijing's actions on India's border have put Sino-Indian relations in an "extremely difficult phase" was muted on Friday. Beijing responded by saying the two nations should cooperate to create "development opportunities" rather than pose a threat to one another.


The ongoing Sino-Indian border tension at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), in eastern Ladakh, was attributed to China on Thursday by EAM Jaishankar, who also asserted that India and China must cooperate for an Asian century to occur. He was quoting Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping at the time. He was speaking to a group of diplomats, scholars, and students at Bangkok's esteemed Chulalongkorn University.


In his address titled "India's Vision of the Indo-Pacific," the Indian minister said, "The Asian century will be tough to achieve if India and China do not come together. One of the main questions today is where India-China ties are heading."


Because of what the Chinese have done in our border areas over the past two years, the relationship is currently going through an extraordinarily tough phase.


Since the impasse began in May 2020, New Delhi has constantly refuted Beijing's accusations that it engaged in provocative behavior. Instead, it has claimed that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), which crossed the LAC in eastern Ladakh, is to blame for the current tensions.


At the usual ministry briefing on Friday, the spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry, Wang Wenbin, responded to Jaishankar's address by saying, "A true Asia-Pacific century or Asian century can occur only when China, India, and other nations can accomplish sound growth. China and India are two historic civilizations, two developing economies, and two significant neighbors.


He said that "we have far more similar interests than differences," and that the two nations have the "knowledge and capability to encourage each" rather than wear each other down.


"It is hoped that the Indian side can cooperate with China, in the same way, to implement the consensus between our two presidents on being each other's cooperative partners, not posing a threat to each other, and providing each other with development prospects," Wang added. That would support the shared interests of China, India, and the developing world and assist Sino-Indian relations "return back to the correct track of sound and steady development at an early date."


According to Wang, the two sides have an "efficient" negotiation mechanism to end the protracted border dispute that has caused bilateral relations to reach an all-time low.


"I want to emphasize the importance of continuing open discussion between China and India over border concerns. When asked about troop disengagement, he responded, "The discourse is effective.


Wang was also asked to comment on Jaishankar's assertion that the Quad (India, US, Australia, and Japan) grouping will benefit the Indo-Pacific region and that opposition to the four-nation bloc may be a "unilateralist rejection to collective and cooperative endeavors."


"China's stance on the Quad is constant and unambiguous. I want to emphasize that trying to form little cliques will not be supported in a society of peace, collaboration, and openness since it goes against the current social norm, Wang added.


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