Sino-India ties should not be hit by 'noise' by 'some parties': China

Shivshankar Menon

Making a strong pitch for deepening ties with India after the leadership changes here, China today said that Sino-Indian ties should not be affected by "noise" by "some parties" intended to undermine bilateral ties which had improved despite the lingering border dispute.

Peace at the borders has not come easy and it took strong efforts on the part of the two countries to establish, maintain peaceful borders even while continuing to resolve the boundary issue, Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo told National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon here.

Dai said the bilateral ties should not be affected by "noise," and advocated further cooperation for common development.

"The two countries should have a clear idea about some parties' intentions of undermining bilateral ties.

They should also remember that there is more consensus than differences, and more cooperation than competition, between China and India," he told Menon.

While it was not clear who exactly Dai was referring to as "some parties", the Chinese strategic analysts often point to US and Japan's efforts to improve ties with India as part of larger strategy to contain Beijing.

Earlier, a Chinese official had expressed strong reservations about reports in the Indian media pointing that border talks have not made any headway.

Qin Gang, Director-General of Foreign Minister's media wing who took the lead in briefing the Indian media about Dai-Menon talks, refuted the Indian media reports that border talks failed to make any progress ahead of Menon's visit here.

"This meeting is not like any occasion where both sides expressed their differences on boundary issues.

This is not the time and occasion for both sides to express differences on boundary issues," he said.

"This is the time and occasion to express good wishes and good views," he said referring to reports in Indian media that this meeting can not hope for any agreement on boundary issue because both sides are far from each other's position.

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