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Wang Yi: China and India Should Make Correct Choice in Direction of Bilateral Relations

On December 11, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with National Security Adviser Ajit Kumar Doval of India on the sidelines of his attendance at the 15th Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of China, Russia and India in New Delhi, India.

Wang Yi expressed that China-India relations are at a crucial moment at present, and both sides need to make correct choice regarding the future development direction of bilateral relations. China and India are both major nations with international influence, thus the two countries should treat bilateral relations from a long-term perspective and global vision. The two countries should particularly strengthen strategic communication, enhance strategic mutual trust and properly control and handle problems left over by history and some specific issues in bilateral relations by putting them in the right place of China-India relations, without politicizing and complicating them to hamper the overall development of China-India relations. The Belt and Road Initiative is an economic cooperation initiative and an international cooperation platform. The Initiative, with the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, is aimed at benefitting countries and their people along the route. China stands ready to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation in connectivity with India.

Ajit Kumar Doval expressed that India and China are both major Asian nations, enjoying the long-standing history of friendly exchanges. The two countries have far more consensus than differences and some specific problems in bilateral relations should not affect the overall situation and long-term goals of the development of India-China relations. The Indian side agreed that both sides should make right choice in the important issues concerning the development direction of bilateral relations. India is willing to work with China to constantly enhance strategic mutual trust, properly manage differences and promote exchanges and cooperation in various fields including connectivity. At the same time, the two sides should strengthen communication and coordination on international affairs and safeguard the common interests of emerging market economies and developing countries.

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