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China to work with India to become ‘good neighbors, friends’

Updated: Dec 24,2017 7:23 AM     Xinhua

State Councilor Yang Jiechi (L) meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Dec 22, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

China and India have signaled their intention to work together despite a flare-up of border tensions earlier this year.

The two nations made their views known during a meeting between State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Dec 22.

Yang said China is ready to work together with India to strengthen strategic communication, promote strategic mutual trust and broaden pragmatic cooperation in all sectors to become good neighbors and friends in peaceful coexistence.

In that way, he said they can collaborate sincerely to revitalize their countries in a bid to make important contributions to stability and prosperity in Asia and the world at large.

Modi, for his part, said his country has always attached great importance to developing ties with China.

He said India is willing to join hands with China to enhance mutual beneficiary cooperation so as to develop stable and healthy bilateral ties which is conducive to regional and world stability and development.

Yang was in India for the 20th round of talks between Chinese and Indian special representatives on boundary issues, the first since the 73-day Donglang border standoff this summer.

Yang noted that President Xi Jinping and the Indian prime minister have had several meetings in recent years, which has played a strategic leading role in the development of bilateral relations.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi (L) shakes hands with Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval in New Delhi, India, Dec 22, 2017. Senior officials of China and India have agreed to properly handle border issues to jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in their border areas. [Photo/Xinhua]

He also met the Indian national security adviser on Dec 22, and the two sides reemphasized their commitment to achieve a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the China-India boundary issue at the earliest possible date.