In the backdrop of recriminations between India and China over host of issues including Arunachal Pradesh, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Saturday said "mutual sensitivity" to each other’s concerns was necessary for stability and security in the region.
Ansari said in the last six decades, India and China have enunciated the five principles of peaceful co-existence as the corner stone of inter-state relations, but "the bilateral relations between them did not always confirm to those very principles."
"Active partnership between New Delhi and Beijing and mutual sensitivity to each other’s concerns is thus vitally necessary if stability, security and prosperity in the shared spaces in their near and distant neighbourhood are to be effectively ensured," he said.
The Vice President was addressing an Indian Council for World Affairs seminar here on 'Emerging China: Prospects for Partnership in Asia'.
Observing that economic cooperation between India and China has become a principal driver of their strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity, he said that leaderships of the two countries realise that "countries compete in global markets and such competition is constructive and beneficial rather than adversarial."