Wang Yi: Make Sure China-India Relations not Derail, Confront or Go out of Control, and Promote Himalayan Region to Be New Highland for Asia's Development

On September 7, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara of Nepal jointly met the press in Beijing after their talks.

In responding questions concerning Nepal-China and China-India relations from the journalist, Wang Yi said that in the previous period, for clear reasons, China-India relations were affected and undermined indeed. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully held the bilateral meeting in Xiamen recently. Both sides should earnestly implement the consensus of the two leaders and guarantee the healthy and stable development of China-India relations.

Firstly, China-India relations should not be derailed. The development of China and India represents the future of the world. The harmonious relations and win-win cooperation between the two countries are the inevitable option as well as the correct direction of China-India relations.

Secondly, China-India relations should be no confrontation. Both sides should enhance strategic mutual trust and really view each other as cooperative partners rather than be driven by an old-fashioned mindset and regard each other as rivals or threats.

Thirdly, both sides should make sure differences between the two countries not go out of control. The two countries need to remain committed to the five principles of peaceful coexistence and work together to properly handle disputes and issues. Both China and India should learn a lesson from the past events and maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas.

Wang Yi said that being located between the two major countries of China and India, Nepal is able to serve as the bridge and tie linking the two major emerging economies. As the common neighbors of Nepal, China and India should have great mind and sense of responsibility of a major country, respect Nepal’s legitimate rights and interests, support the independence of Nepal and help to advance Nepal’s development. It is believed that Nepal could develop its relations with the two major adjacent countries in parallel without conflicts. China expects to create conditions step by step to explore on the construction of China-India Economic Corridor and jointly promote the Himalayan region to become a new highland for Asia’s development.

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