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Vajpayee's China visit to boost 'strategic triangle'

With India-China bilateral ties entering a new phase, Chinese analysts say the stage is now set for strategic cooperation and coordination between China, India and Russia on global issues.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2003 21:44 IST

With India-China bilateral ties entering a new phase after a successful prime ministerial visit to Beijing, Chinese analysts say the stage is now set for enhanced strategic cooperation and coordination between China, India and Russia on global issues for a new international political and economic order.

"China, Russia and India share many common interests in promoting a democratic international relationship and safeguarding international security and stability as well as developing regional economy and safeguarding regional stability and development," a senior Chinese foreign ministry official said.

He pointed out that the three countries have many identical positions and concerns and recently scholars of the three countries have had some discussions on trilateral cooperation.

In the past, he said the proposed strategic triangle between India, China and Russia failed to take-off mainly due to lack of trust between New Delhi and Beijing. Now that relations between the two nations have entered a new phase, analysts say trilateral ties between the three countries offer immense scope for them to cooperate, maintain regional and global peace and stability.

"We believe that those exchanges, coordination and cooperation conform to enhancing mutual understanding and bilateral ties between the three. They also help to maintain peace and stability of the region and the world at large," former Chinese Ambassador to India, Zhou Gang said while commenting on the scope of trilateral partnership between the three nations.

Zhou, also Secretary General of the India-China Eminent Persons' Group (EPG), said that the three nations should have "realistic consultations" on the establishment of a multipolar world but should ensure that their coordination and actions should not be targeted at a third country, especially the US, which is the sole super power.

External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha told reporters here last week that the next meeting of the foreign ministers of India, China and Russia would be held in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September this year.

"All the three countries want to have good relations with the United States and are taking steps to further their individual bilateral ties with Washington," Zhou said while maintaining that trilateral cooperation between Beijing, New Delhi and Moscow could help maintain peace and stability in Asia as well as the world at large.

"While the trilateral ties do not pose a threat to countries in the region, it could act as a stabilising factor for peace in the region," Zhou said.

Former Chinese Ambassador to India, Cheng Ruis Heng also noted that China and India have mentioned in their joint declaration the need for bilateral cooperation in ensuring the establishment of a multipolar world in the 21st century.

"I am confident that with the improvement in the bilateral relations between China and India, the level of trilateral cooperation between Beijing, New Delhi and Moscow is bound to increase in the near future," Cheng, a regular participant of the trilateral meeting of scholars, said.

First Published: Nov 06, 2003 21:44 IST