Journal : PLA Daily (Chinese) Date : Author : NA Page No. : 4

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Extracts pertaining to India:

Phoenix TV reporter: How does China view the “Indo-Pacific strategy” of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia to strengthen cooperation? Do you think this is “containment” of China?

Wang Yi: In this world, a variety of topics emerge in an endless stream of words. Like froth on waves in the ocean, they might catch one’s eye for a moment but then they wither away. Some scholars and the media have indeed interpreted the so-called “Indo-Pacific Strategy” as meant to contain China. However, officials of all the four countries immediately expressed their intention not to target any country. I trust they are telling the truth and hope that they can ensure consistency between their words and deeds. In today’s era, it is no longer appropriate to provoke Cold War; there is no appetite for engaging in narrow groupings (in the world) today.

Press Trust of India reporter: China-India relations were very difficult last year. How does China hope to shape Sino-Indian relations this year?

Wang Yi: China-India relations have maintained a momentum of development and have also experienced difficulties and trials, as you mentioned. In the process, China has not only firmly safeguarded its legitimate rights and interests, but has also actively taken overall bilateral relations into consideration . With regard to the prospects of development of Sino-Indian relations, leaders of the two countries have reached an important strategic consensus. That is,  Chinese and Indians have to ………. China and India 1+1 not only equals 2, but also 11.

In the face of the century-long changes in the current international situation, more and more people with wisdom have realized that these two large developing countries with a population of more than 1 billion each have been moving toward modernization. The most important thing is mutual understanding and mutual support. In this sense, the urgent problem to be solved between China and India is lack of mutual trust.  With establishment of mutual political trust, even the Himalayas can not stop mutual strengthening of friendly exchanges. In the absence of mutual trust, it is difficult to bring both sides together. I want to tell our Indian friends that the consensus between China and India far exceeds their differences and that their interests far outweigh the friction. The Chinese side is willing to inherit the friendly tradition with India and make friends and partners with the Indian people. It is hoped that both parties will open their hearts and move toward each other. Trust should replace suspicion, differences should be managed and controlled through dialogue, and the future created through cooperation.

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