China says will ‘properly manage and control’ disputes with India

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
  • Updated: May 27, 2016 21:11 IST
President Pranab Mukherjee during his departure from Beijing International Airport on Friday. (PTI)

Describing President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit as “very successful and fruitful,” Beijing on Friday said India and China will work together on counter-terrorism in multilateral fora such as the United Nations and BRICS.

“China and India will support each other on regional and international occasions and jointly utter China’s and India’s voice together on the international stage,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said as Mukherjee returned to India after a four-day state visit.

Mukherjee had one-on-one meetings with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

“The two sides exchanged views on terrorism. Terrorism is our common enemy. We will continue to enhance our counter terrorism efforts under the UN, the BRICS and other frameworks to jointly maintain regional peace and stability,” Hua said. Disputes, like the border problem, will not hinder cooperation, Hua added.

“The two sides will properly manage and control disputes, so that these disputes will not stand in the way of our practical cooperation. And we will continue to make full use of the special representatives’ meeting on border question to maintain border peace and tranquility,” she said.

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“The two sides have agreed to carry forward our fine traditions, deepen practical cooperation and alleviate bilateral relations. As for specific outcomes, the two sides agreed to maintain high level exchanges to better top level design and put in place improved mechanisms,” she said.

“We will enhance our cooperation in industrial zones, construction, and build more sister cities. The two sides will also enhance cooperation in investment, tourism and more. We will try to move forward our two way trade in more balanced way through cooperation.”

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During Mukherjee’s meeting with Li, the Chinese Premier suggested that the two sides align China’s ‘Made in China 2025’ campaign and ‘Internet Plus’ initiative with India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and ‘Digital India’ campaign.

Mukherjee was quoted by the state media as telling Xi that all political parties in India support developing relations with China. 

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