Sino-India relations have assumed global and strategic significance and Beijing is ready to work with New Delhi to take the cooperation to a new height, Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday in his congratulatory message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after the NDA leader took oath as the 15th Indian PM.
China had earlier said it was ready to work with a new government in New Delhi after it became clear NDA was coming to power under the leadership of Modi.
On Monday, Li, among the seven members of the powerful Standing Committee of the Politburo of the ruling Communist Party of China, said the two countries were “important neighbours” and the “two largest emerging-marketing countries in the world”.
“China-India relations had gone beyond the bilateral scope and were of global and strategic significance,” an official statement quoted him as saying.
He added that China “had always taken the relationship as a priority of Chinese diplomacy”.
He said since the beginning of the new century, the two countries had established a strategic cooperative partnership and found a parallel way to actively expand cooperation and properly handle divergence.
“As both China and India were facing a historic task of deepening reform, developing their economies and improving people's livelihood, they shared a common goal of seeking domestic development and pursuing peace with other countries,” Li said.
“The peaceful, cooperative and common development of China and India would not only benefit the two peoples, but also be conducive to peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and the world at large,” the Chinese premier said.
China was willing to work with India to continuously lift their strategic cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity to a higher level, he said.
Earlier, the foreign ministry welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to New Delhi to attend Modi’s swearing in.
“Both India and Pakistan are major countries in South Asia. The improvement of India-Pakistan relationship not only serves the interests of the two countries but also contributes to regional peace, stability and development,” Qing Gang, foreign ministry spokesperson said at the regular press briefing.
“As friend and neighbour of the two countries China would like see the fast improvement of India-Pakistan relationship. We Hope this kind of momentum can be maintained so that India and Pakistan can realise common development and maintain regional peace and stability,’’ Qin added.