Downplaying the perception that India-China frictions were on the rise, an influential Chinese daily on Friday said their ever-expanding common interests are bound to overrule competition and conflict to lead the two new powers to accept mutual development in future.
Peoples Daily, the Chinese Communist Party's organ said in an article today that ties between the two major Asian countries are increasingly getting close, seemingly boosted both by their mutual exchanges and conflicts.
"The mix of related good and bad news has drawn unprecedented international attention to where the next step of the dance of the dragon and the elephant will fall," it said.
However, it said despite all the friction and competition, the future is bound to witness greater synergy between the two as they learn to accept each other's development calmly.
"The intertwined interests of China and India are bound to exert a profound influence on the rise of the two countries. There will be a lot of competition, friction and conflict between the two countries but due to their ever-expanding common interests, both the countries will gradually learn to take each other's development calmly," it said.
Noting that it was foolish and pointless to compare China and India to two high-speed trains heading for a collision course, the daily predicted that the two "broad-minded nations will build up mutual trust step by step in the process of opening-up and rapid development".
The combined population of China-India makes up about 40 per cent of the world's total and every move by them towards peaceful coexistence means adding to the scale of stability in the world, it said.
"The simultaneous rise of the two neighbouring countries India and China will inevitably bring about difficulties in balancing their interests. This is simply unprecedented in the history of the world," it said.
"History cannot be changed, but the two countries can and must change their historical paths as the two new major powers," it said.
Recalling Manmohan Singh's citing from Victor Hugo, whom he quoted while presenting his historic reform budget in 1991, that "no power on earth can stop an idea whose time has come", the paper said this can also be applied to the relations between the emerging powers.