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Noted positive remarks by India, says China

Centre had spoken of developing bilateral relations

China on Monday stepped up the ongoing messaging between Beijing and New Delhi, highlighting a steady improvement in their post-Doklam ties.

To a question during his routine briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said that China had noted “positive remarks by the Indian side”.

Mr. Lu was apparently referring to observations by Raveesh Kumar, the spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry.

In response to positive remarks by China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi regarding the prospects of Beijing-New Delhi ties, Mr. Kumar said on Friday that India was “willing to work with the Chinese side to develop our relations based on commonalities while dealing with differences on the basis of mutual respect and sensitivity to each other’s interests, concerns and aspirations”. He said that as “two major countries and large economies, relations between India and China are not just important bilaterally, but also have regional and global significance”.

Guided by consensus

Mr. Lu said that the Chinese Foreign Minister, at his annual press conference on Thursday, “elaborated on China’s basic position on its relations with India”.

“We wish to work with the Indian side to take the important consensus between the two leaderships as our guidance to improve our mutual trust, enhance mutual beneficial cooperation, manage our differences and ensure the correct track of our relations’ development,” Mr. Lu observed.

During his media conference, Mr. Wang had said in response to a question on the flurry of visits by the Chinese and Indian officials after the 73-day Doklam standoff: “The Chinese dragon and the Indian elephant must not fight each other but dance with each other. If China and India are united, one plus one will not only include two, but also 11.”

Mr. Wang and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi visited India in December, in the backdrop of the post-Doklam meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Xiamen in September.

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