‘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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  1. A
    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 .
    1. S
      Oct 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm
      Dragon is staying with pig but elephant can't stay with pig.
      1. L
        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.
        1. N
          Oct 13, 2016 at 2:43 pm
          a strange relation pig haters loving pig lovers.... :)
          1. 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
            1. P
              Pramod Sarhadi
              Oct 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm
              Dragon and elephant can coexist provided dragon keeps Dogs ie stanis away from disturbing coexistence
              1. O
                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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