"Dragon and Elephant dancing together" only right choice for China and India: Chinese envoy

2020-05-28 06:52:31 GMT2020-05-28 14:52:31(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

NEW DELHI, May 28 (Xinhua) -- The realization of "Dragon and Elephant dancing together" is the only right choice for China and India, which serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong has said.

While holding webinar Wednesday with Indian youth on COVID-19 and China-India cooperation, Sun said while fighting COVID-19, China and India are also facing the important task to consolidate and strengthen bilateral relations.

"I hope that the youth of our two countries could realize the importance of developing China-India relations and deepen your understanding of the important consensus reached by our two leaders," he said.

"We should adhere to the basic judgment that China and India are each other's opportunities and pose no threat to each other. We need to see each other's development in a correct way and enhance strategic mutual trust," he said.

"We should correctly view our differences and never let the differences shadow the overall situation of bilateral cooperation," he said, adding that at the same time, the two countries should gradually seek understanding through communication and constantly resolve differences.

"From any perspective, China and India should be good neighbors of harmonious coexistence and good partners to move forward hand in hand," Sun said.

Noting this year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and India, Sun said as two major emerging economies, China and India should strengthen practical cooperation in investment, production capacity and other fields, and expand the cake of common interests.

"China hopes to develop itself and India as well," he said. "The two countries should help each other to accomplish their respective goals and 'light up' each other."

Sun hoped the youth of China and India will contribute more wisdom and strength to promoting China-India friendship and the development of bilateral relations.

The Chinese envoy urged Indian youth to actively voice their support for China-India friendship, and called on all parties to make concrete efforts to implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries.

He hoped that they would make contributions in various fields and promote win-win cooperation between China and India, and strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and dialogue among civilizations.

Chairman of Confederation of Young Leaders (CYL) Himadrish Suwan from the Indian side hosted the webinar. More than 70 youth representatives from all over India and journalists from Indian and Chinese media were present.