Separating the thorny boundary issue from the overall bilateral relation between India and China was the hallmark of the emerging relationship between the neighbours, the Communist Party of China (CPC) said on Saturday.
Foreign minister, Salman Khurshid’s came to China despite opposition from political parties, the military and the media; his visit was a symbol of the stable China-India relationship and reflected the importance that New Delhi attaches to Beijing, People’s Daily, the CPC’s flagship Chinese newspaper, People's Daily, said in an editorial on Saturday.
During his short but critical visit between Thursday and Friday, Khurshid met Premier Li Keqiang, state councillor, Yang Jiechi and foreign minister, Wang Yi.
Li told Khurshid that his upcoming visit to India on May 19th was carefully thought out and reflected how crucial China thinks its relation was with India.
The People’s Daily editorial talked about President Xi Jinping’s “five-point proposals”, which included maintaining strategic communication, expanding mutually beneficial cooperation and properly handling the problems and differences.
“India has also launched its "three principles" to China since Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh came to power in 2004. They are solving the border dispute on the basis of reality, avoiding the "zero-sum game" and making the world benefit from the development of China and India,” the editorial said.
It said the there was a “new type of China-India ties.”
The first was to accurately position bilateral ties clarifying that the two sides were partners, not rivals. Secondly, to grasp the general direction of bilateral ties, enhance political trust, strengthen exchange and cooperation and seek common development.
“And third, properly dealing with sensitive issues, separating boundary issue from the overall China-India relations and ensuring the relevant differences not to affect the development of the bilateral ties,” the editorial said.
It added that ties between the two countries have “long been complex and sensitive due to some historical issues such as border issue, Tibet-related issue and divergence on cross-border water resources.”
“In recent years, China and India have risen simultaneously as emerging powers. Western media hype "the competition between the dragon and the elephant", trying to provoke the China-Indian relations. So how to view and deal with the bilateral ties is a major issue facing both sides,” People’s Daily added.