Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday that there is great potential for his country’s cooperation with India in a bid to paint a positive picture of the thorny relations between the two countries before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China next week.
The two countries agreed this week to halt the escalation in a more than two-month-old confrontation on their disputed border before starting on Sunday, the Brix Group summit, which also includes China, India, Brazil, Russia and South Africa.
In a press briefing ahead of the summit in the southeastern city of Xiamen and attended by Moody, Wang said, naturally, there are differences between the two big neighbors.
“The important thing is to put these problems in their natural place and deal with them properly and control them in a spirit of mutual respect and based on consensus between the leaders of the two countries.”
“There is huge potential for cooperation between China and India.”
The confrontation began in the Himalayan region when India sent troops to prevent China from building a road in the remote, uninhabited zone of disputed China and Bhutan.
China said its troops would continue patrols in Doklam, known in Chinese as Donglang. Wang said he hoped China had learned a lesson from what happened.