Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference on January 4, 2019
Q: In his replies to questions posed in the Rajya Sabha on January 3, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh said at a time of global uncertainty, India-China relations are a factor of stability and the two countries must not allow their differences to become disputes. Therefore, both sides have been working towards utilizing bilateral dialogue mechanisms to promote mutually beneficial cooperation in a wide range of areas. What is China’s comment on this?
A: We have taken note of the relevant reports. In April last year, President Xi Jinping had a successful meeting with Prime Minister Modi in Wuhan which charted the course of development and opened up new prospects for bilateral relations. Since then, as everyone has witnessed, under the strategic guidance of the two leaders, China-India relations have shown a momentum of overall improvement and development. High-level exchanges have been non-stop, exchanges in various fields have been accelerated, and pragmatic cooperation has entered the fast lane of development.
China and India are each other’s important neighbor. We are all important emerging markets. China always believes that a healthy and stable China-India relationship is not only in the interests of the two countries and the two peoples, but also conducive to the cause of world peace and development. In the context of growing uncertainty and instability globally, China is willing to work with India to strengthen coordination on international affairs and jointly safeguard the interests of the two countries and the collective interests of the developing countries.