04/27/2018, 13.32
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Economic development and cooperation at the centre of the summit between Xi Jinping and Modi

In an article entitled ‘India-China cooperation outweighs our difference’, China’s ambassador to India says that the development and modernisation of the two countries are in a “critical phase. As the world's largest developing countries and main emerging markets, the two nations must find ways to get along.

Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – China’s and India's development aims are comparable. The informal summit today and tomorrow between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will promote free trade, boost unity among developing countries and uphold the principles of equity and justice, wrote Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui in an article published in the Hindustan Times, widely cited by Xinhua.

According to the article, entitled ‘India-China cooperation outweighs our difference,’ the two countries, as the world's two largest developing countries and main emerging markets, are at a "critical stage" of their economic development and modernisation and must find ways to get along with each other.

In China, the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) recently laid out plans to turn the nation into a great modern socialist country. Likewise, India also has a 15-year National Development Agenda and a three-year plan to achieve a ‘New India’ by 2022.

According to the ambassador, Sino-Indian relations have been "stabilising and improving." Since 2017, representatives of the two countries have exchanged visits, and various mechanism for dialogue have been activated, such as the China-India Joint Economic Group and the China-India Strategic Economic Dialogue.

“Economic and trade cooperation between the two nations is surging’, the article says, adding that personnel exchanges in 2017 exceeded one million.

More than 20,000 Indians are currently studying in China and 42 weekly flights operate between the two countries. Yoga, Darjeeling tea and Bollywood movies are popular in China. Chinese language education has promising prospects in India.

Still, it is natural for neighbours to have differences, the ambassador acknowledged. For this reason, when differences can't be solved, "we should properly manage them and focus on cooperation."

In a perspective of long-term bilateral cooperation, the ambassador suggests giving full play to "five magic tools: the Navigator (strategic guidance of the two leaders), the accelerator (practical cooperation), the booster (people-to-people exchanges), the enhancer (multilateral cooperation) and the stabiliser (controlling differences)".



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