Describing its ties with India as “friendly and cooperative,” China on Tuesday said both countries did not pose a mutual threat.

Dismissing reports that India’s nuclear-capable Agni-III missile, which has a range of 3,500 km posed a threat to China, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said China and India were having friendly and cooperative relations.

“I don’t want to interpret or comment on the reports,” Mr. Ma said when asked to comment on the February 7 launch of Agni-III, which put China’s major cities within its strike range.

“The China-India relation is friendly and cooperative. China will not be a threat to India, and nor will India pose a threat to China,” Mr. Ma was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency.

Mr. Ma said China-India relations maintain their good momentum. “Bilateral ties will move forward with the joint effort of both countries,” he added.

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