‘Inch’ towards ‘Miles’: PM Modi pushes for greater cooperation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2014 12:31 IST

Coining a new acronym, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday talked about bilateral ties with China moving ahead as “Inch” (India and China) towards "Miles" (Millennium of Exceptional Synergy).

The prime minister said that every inch the two countries cover together can rewrite history of humanity. “Several miles that take not only the two nations forward but also all of Asia and humankind towards the path of progress and harmony,” Modi told Chinese media in an interaction ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.

Almost 35% of the world’s population benefits when India and China gain, the prime minister said, adding that when economic cooperation between the two countries increase, the lives of almost 35% of the world’s population undergo qualitative changes.

The PM explained that the countries had a unique chemistry. “The arithmetic and chemistry of our relations convince me that together we can script history and create a better tomorrow for all of mankind,” he said.

The prime minister said he was looking forward for closer developmental partnership with the neighbouring country but at the same time was also seeking progress on “issues of concern” as their resolution would transform the relations.

“For enhancing and further strengthening bilateral relations, we should show mutual sensitivity to each other’s concerns and aspirations, follow the principle of mutual and equal security, seek closer developmental partnership and enhance people-to-people exchanges to create better understanding,” Modi said.

His remarks came amid local authorities in Leh claiming that Chinese civilians in government vehicles had entered Indian territory in Demchok in Ladakh and were preventing locals from working on an irrigation project there. The contentious boundary dispute will be among the issues to be discussed by Modi and Xi.

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