India, China have far more common interests than differences: Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

The Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Li Keqiang, and Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, interacting with the media, at the Ceremonial Reception, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 20 May 2013. Photo Division, Ministry of I&B, GOI


NEW DELHI, India, 21 May 2013

Pledged to build trust with India, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday said that the two countries have far more common interests than differences.

Li Keqiang spelling out his vision for India-China ties said that he wants the two nations to be the engines of global growth.

Keqiang said India and China have the “wisdom” to find mutually acceptable solution to the boundary problem and the two countries have not shied away from addressing the vexed issue.

Li also said China will support its enterprises to increase investments in India and help Indian products have access to Chinese market as he supported a favourable trade balance in a bid to decrease mounting bilateral trade deficit. The trade imbalance is currently around $ 30 billion.

A day after two rounds of talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi, Li said China has the intention to “sincerely” resolving the pending issues, including that of cross-border rivers, and favoured increased bilateral relations between the “two big neighbours”.

Supporting a favourable trade balance and seeking to decrease trade deficit between India and China, he said Beijing will support Chinese enterprises to increase investments in India and help Indian products have access to Chinese market.

The Chinese premier said cooperation between the “two big neighbours” will lead to a “new paradigm” of cooperation. “India and China have not shied away from addressing boundary question, have wisdom to find a fair and mutually acceptable solution…We have been able to put all issues on the table,” he said.

He also quoted a Chinese proverb — a distant relative may not be useful as a near neighbour — to emphasise on the relations between the two neighbours.

He recounted impressions from his India visit 27 years ago and noted that the international media had taken positive note of his talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Li spoke about his vision for Indian-Chinese ties, promising to build trust and fast track border talks. And left a largely positive impression on his audience with his easy going, affable style — often breaking into wide smiles and displaying a sense of humour.

“A neighbour is more useful than a relative. We stand for multipolar world. China has enjoyed comtinuous economic growth but we remain a developing country which is a middle level country and there are gaps in wealth. We need to devote all our energies to running our affairs well. Need to pay greater attention to improving peoples’ lives,” Li said.

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