China-India cooperation has sufficient space: Official

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 13:20 hrs

Beijing, Dec 12 (IANS) Leaders of both China and India believe there is enough space in the world for the common development of both countries, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Wednesday.

Hong said at a regular press briefing that cooperative areas are also sufficient for the world's two largest developing countries, Xinhua reported.

Hong made the remarks in response to India's External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid's recent comments on India-China relations.

According to media reports, Khurshid said earlier this week that as China and India convert their relationship into a meaningful partnership, India will have to accept the new reality of China's presence in areas that India considers to be exclusive to India and its friends.

Khurshid said greater collaboration between India and China will define Asia's role in the 21st century.

According to Hong, sustainable, stable and healthy China-India ties will not only benefit both peoples but will also help to maintain peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and the world at large.

He said China is willing to work with India so as to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and engage in developing a bilateral strategic and cooperative partnership featuring equality, mutual trust and cooperation.

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