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Commentary: China, India can be good neighbors, partners

By Wu Xia (Xinhua)

19:21, May 21, 2013

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) meets with Hamid Ansari, India's Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha (the Upper House) of India's Parliament, in New Delhi, India, May 20, 2013. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) -- As major developing economies living next door to each other, China and India have ample reasons and common desire to be good neighbors and partners despite disputes.

Leaders of both countries have long recognized the strategic importance of China-India ties and have shown firm will to carry on win-win cooperation.

The ongoing visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to India again demonstrates the high-level consensus of both sides to try to bridge the gaps and work for smoother and broader cooperation.

"There are far more shared interests between China and India than the differences that we have," Li said on Monday.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh echoed Li's view, saying India and China are partners, not opponents.

Numerous converging interests are pulling the two Asian giants closer.

Perhaps the pivotal point is that both countries need a peaceful and stable environment for development when they are entering a crucial moment of national rejuvenation in their history.

The recent military standoff along disputed borders in the Himalayas has ended with peace, with laudable diplomatic efforts from both sides.

To ensure a peaceful environment for more than 2.5 billion people combined, China and India have strived for an early solution to the border disputes. The two countries agreed Monday to improve the various border-related mechanisms and make them more efficient, a meaningful step forward.

Meanwhile, it serves the interests of both sides to make sure the border disputes do not damage their overall friendly ties or derail cooperation in other areas.

As the world's two largest emerging markets and most populous countries, China and India have enviable prospects in trade and economic cooperation.

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