On a day the top leadership of India and China on Thursday exchanged greetings on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties, national security adviser Shivshankar Menon said India and China have decided not to allow “the most complicated and difficult” boundary dispute stand in the way of expanding ties in other areas.
Menon, also the special representative for boundary discussions with India’s biggest neighbour, was delivering a lecture here on the occasion.
“The two countries have found a modus vivendi to
deal with the fact of the boundary issue and to manage their different approaches to issues where their peripheries overlap. India and China both cooperate and compete at the same time because of their interests and how they perceive the balance of power and situation around them,” he said. President Pratibha Patil, in a letter to her Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, observed the bilateral relations between the countries have gained strength and momentum and have assumed global and strategic dimensions as a result of efforts by the two sides. Hu said China regards its relationship with India as “one of its most important bilateral ties”.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his message to Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, noted that relationship between the two countries had achieved a high level of maturity. Noting that the two countries were important trade partners, Singh said, “We regard the future of India-China relations with optimism,” and that he looked forward to working with the Chinese Premier “to harness the vast potential for the further expansion of our ties to realise the mutual aspirations of our two peoples”.
The prime minister said the Shared Vision for the 21st Century which was signed in 2008 provides the road map for the continued interaction and cooperation in the years ahead. Wen said that peace, friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation has been the main strength of bilateral ties between China and India over the past six decades.
A facilitation message was also exchanged between external affairs minister S M Krishna and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.
Krishna is slated to visit Beijing in a few days, when the two sides are likely to discuss dates for the 14th round of boundary negotiations between their special representatives.