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Chinese dragon, Indian elephant must dance together: FM

IANS  |  Beijing 

Chinese Yi on Thursday said that and should be "free of mental inhibition" and build mutual trust, which is a "precious commodity" in their ties.

Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the session, said that both countries, which nearly came to war over a two-month military stand-off along their border last year, should replace suspicion with trust.

Sounding positive on bilateral ties in the coming year, the said: "The Chinese dragon and Indian elephant must not fight each other but dance with each other."

Sino-ties took a nosedive after their militaries faced-off each other in their worst stand-off at Doklam in the section of their boundary.

China's opposition to a UN ban on Pakistani terrorist and India's entry into the has also tested their relationship.

"Despite some tests and difficulties, the China-relationship continues to grow. In the process, has both upheld its legitimate rights and interests and taken care to preserve the relationship.

"Chinese and Indian leaders have developed a strategic vision for the future of our relations. The Chinese dragon and Indian elephant must not fight each other but dance with each other," said.

He emphasised that mutual trust was a key factor between and

"and must do everything to empathise with and support each other and avoid mutual suspicion and attrition.

"In this, mutual trust is the most precious commodity in China-relations. With political trust, not even Himalayas can stop from friendly exchanges. Without it, even level land cannot bring us together," said.

"Let me put this to our Indian friends, our shared understanding far outstrips our differences and our far outweigh our frictions. is willing and ready to inherit and forward traditional friendship and be a friend and partner of the Indian people."

"I hope the two sides will be free of the mental inhibition and meet each other halfway. Let us replace suspicion with trust, manage differences with dialogue and build a future with cooperation," the added.

After resolving the Doklam crisis last year, both countries have attempted to repair their relationships and have shown willingness to engage in more dialogue.

Last month, India's quietly visited and met and China's top

The visit by the former to was seen as a key development in the ties. Gokhale is understood to have set the tone for more talks between both countries.

is likely to meet Chinese at the Cooperation Summit in in June.



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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 13:20 IST