‘Dragon’ and ‘elephant’ can peacefully co-exist, says China

Minister Counsellor of Chinese Embassy said China and India with their distinctive histories and cultures can bring their diversity into full play when cooperating with each other in different areas.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 13, 2016 3:50 pm
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Notwithstanding differences in Sino-India relations, China Thursday said “sound and stable” development of ties in recent years has proved that the “dragon” and the “elephant” can join hands and peacefully co-exist.

“Once, predictions about our future relations dwelled on ‘rivalry between the dragon and the elephant’. However, the sound and stable development of bilateral relations in recent years has proved that the ‘dragon’ and the ‘elephant’ can join hands to dance together,” Minister Counsellor of Chinese Embassy Cheng Guangzhong said here.

Cheng, speaking at the inauguration of a China-themed book editorial office in India, said China and India with their distinctive histories, cultures and religions can bring their diversity into full play when cooperating with each other in different areas.

“Cultural exchanges and dialogues are crucial for the two countries to seek common ground while maintaining individual characteristics. Two of the oldest civilisations in the world, China and India, are more than capable of finding ways to achieve peaceful coexistence as giant neighbours,” he said.

Noting that China and India are emerging markets with big potential for development, Cheng said, “We are also ancient civilisations with a time-honoured history and brilliant culture. The two neighbours have long engaged in exchanges and mutual learning. As major countries in Asia, China and India have always been a focus of attention.”

Leaders, who have helped forge China-India friendship, have said that a true Asian century will come only when China and India are both developed and that when India and China come together, it will be a big event for Asia and indeed even the world, he asserted.

“The two largest Asian nations bear the historical responsibility and mandate of the times to maintain peace and stability in Asia and achieve its prosperity and renewal,” Cheng said.

China-India ties have recently been under stress due to issues like China’s opposition to India’s efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN and Beijing’s efforts to scuttle India’s membership bid at NSG. China has also blocked a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra in Tibet as part of the construction of its “most expensive” hydro-power project, causing concern in India as it may impact water flows into the lower riparian countries.

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    Adgalakumar
    Oct 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    China, must learn to behave with their own people and with Indian Governments. You cannot fool, threaten all the time and get success, if you are looking for long term global player. Controlling, threatening, forcing people and showing as development is a poor approach. Timmanian square, and now HK suppressing are indications, hegemonic approach, needs change, mindset to Chinese leaders. Once you get changed then talk about India, Government, People...Till such time, try to understand people .
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      Sanjay
      Oct 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm
      Dragon is staying with pig but elephant can't stay with pig.
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        lafanga
        Oct 13, 2016 at 11:39 am
        This is the Chinese diplomatic way of warning India ... don't get too close to the US on Chinese expense.
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          NArayan
          Oct 13, 2016 at 2:43 pm
          a strange relation pig haters loving pig lovers.... :)
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            i
            Oct 13, 2016 at 1:18 pm
            Words don't mean anything when your actions speak louder....STOP supporting the terrorist state Piggistan first
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              Pramod Sarhadi
              Oct 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm
              Dragon and elephant can coexist provided dragon keeps Dogs ie stanis away from disturbing coexistence
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                Observer
                Oct 13, 2016 at 7:58 pm
                Their actions speak louder then their words. What benefit do they get from their all weather friend.? They got Indian terrortaries gifted to them and seek more. India is now taking the right steps to be militarily strong. Both the neighbors will only respect strength and India showing its will to use it. India should speak softly and carry a big stick.
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                  Pork Kabab
                  Oct 13, 2016 at 11:57 am
                  The best thing will be connecting China and India. Our culture and religions should be bonding. stan will be out.
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                    Mehemud Alam
                    Oct 13, 2016 at 1:55 pm
                    Dragon and elephant will never co exist in peace because of self benifial foreign policy. Since China is a superpower and will always try to dominate over India in the field of business and other aspects of economic matters. China will try to instigate countries like stan and small Asian countries against India as home country lags behind in many aspects of economic perspective. All these diplomatic public opinion is just public wash and shouldn't be given lime light.
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                      mohan
                      Oct 14, 2016 at 8:57 am
                      Dragon does not have a head and brain and hence no senses
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                        mohan
                        Oct 14, 2016 at 8:43 am
                        India must chase the Dragons away from the Himalayas and seal the Sino-Pak border in PoK. In 1950 when Mao kicked the midetating Lamas out of Tibet, Indians were in deep stupor after swallowing the Panchasheela tranquilizer administered by Mahatma and Cong politicians
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                          Vivek narain
                          Oct 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                          Caucasians can deal with mongoloids only at a distance.
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                            Neel
                            Oct 13, 2016 at 10:13 pm
                            it's so adorable that we copmpare ourselves to china .. much like the same way stan compares itself to india
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                              Nirakari
                              Oct 13, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                              China is a unreliable- sweet mouth carrying dagger in hidden hand. lt;br/gt;India shall just concentrate on making it a rich country, strong financially, technically and defensively. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;No side-tracking.
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                                Subhash
                                Oct 13, 2016 at 12:42 pm
                                To resolve the border issue peacefully, think out of the box. Here is an idea. Make 50 or 100 miles each side of the loc a 'no man's land' where both Indians and Chinese can enter without a pport. Only to cross back to their own countries they need to show it. Set up shops, restaurants etc in that zone so the people can inter mix freely. I think people to people interaction will create wonders
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                                  pk
                                  Oct 13, 2016 at 4:26 pm
                                  The real growth,economic and military lies on the fact that how we overcome Chinese.The Chinese came to fore after defeating us on 1962.s are only irritants but the real challenge from dragons.
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                                    Preeti Sharma
                                    Oct 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm
                                    We should control their goods export in India. We don't want our manufacturing suffer same way as US due to cheap Chineese product. Their action and saying are in contrast. They opposed ban on Mod Azhar while putting blame on us of counter terrorism. Be careful.. Until dragon mends its way it's difficult..
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                                      sajeev
                                      Oct 13, 2016 at 1:43 pm
                                      We need a modern day Swadeshi Movement. Let us rectify our Balance of Trade which is currently tilted heavilty in favour of China
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                                        Sangat Singh
                                        Oct 13, 2016 at 12:19 pm
                                        Till such time China changes its mind set related to wickedly grabbing others' lands and mends its ways of terror, no co-existence is possible.
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                                          Hemant; Hyderababad
                                          Oct 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm
                                          China is in deep trouble- economic trouble. Moreover one of their important market - We India - is slapping dumping duty on their Products. Today China's weakness is -- their past growth. Now if recession is there; Chinese politics shall get disturbed. China knows; somehow they have to complete stan Project too access Arab Sea as they are wasting trillions in direct access to Chinese Mainland. If Trump gets elected; China is going to be deeper problems as -- Trump has already warn Apple to sfift manufacturing from China to USA again. Let Us not go by China says; let Us only look for Our good -- in short term and in long term. Since last couple of years ;China lt;br/gt;started facing Islamic Terror problem in Xinxandg province - next to Russia and stan and this trouble is now mounting. China also has a fear that if India provoks Baluchi's all their huge investment shall go waste because this Project is mainly in baluchistan and plan to use huge resources there. So whenever China on difficult wicket; We should take advantage. No need to take their talk seriously. When they shall be in strong position; they will do what they want.
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                                            Sanjay
                                            Oct 13, 2016 at 2:06 pm
                                            There is lot of scope for co-operation in business like having a bullet train that connects Great Chinese wall with Taj Mahal so tourist coming on either side can visit other side. But first of all support to Terror must end from Chinese side,
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