Beijing: China and India should shed their mental inhibitions and manage differences to enhance bilateral ties, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said today and insisted that even the Himalayas cannot stop the two countries from friendly exchanges if there is political trust.
Wang’s remarks on Sino-India relations came during his annual press conference on the sidelines of the ongoing parliamentary session.
Asked how China views relations with India this year after turbulence in ties in 2017 due to a number of issues including the Dokalam standoff, Wang said, “Despite some tests and difficulties, the China-India relationship continues to grow”.
Bilateral ties were affected by a number of issues last year, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, China blocking efforts at the UN to list Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist as well as India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Dokalam. The standoff ended on August 28 after the Chinese military stopped road building close to the strategic Chicken Neck corridor in an area claimed by Bhutan.
Wang, however, said the two countries must shed mental inhibitions, manage differences and meet each other half way.
“China is upholding its rights and legitimate interests and taking care to preserve the relationship with India,” he said.PTI