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Insights into Editorial: China, India, and Closely Connected Dreams

06 November 2015

Historically, India and China have had relations for more than 2,000 years. Throughout history, the Chinese and Indian civilizations have maintained exchanges and learned from each other. The two nations have jointly erected powerful pillars for the civilization of the East, and contributed their share to world peace and development.

Historical ties:

China and India have set a fine example of inter-civilisational exchanges. China and India’s friendship dates back to ancient times. In the last 2,000 years, there have been number friendly exchanges between the two countries, such as the white horse carrying Buddhist scriptures from India to China, Monk Xuanzang’s pilgrimage to the West, and Chinese navigator Zheng He’s expedition. The ancient Silk Road, bustling with merchants and coaches, brought Chinese and Indian inventions such as papermaking, sugar-making and numbers to the wider world.

In the 1950s, China and India, together with other Asian countries, jointly initiated the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence and turned them into basic norms governing international relations, thus making historic contributions to building a new type of international relations based on equality.

Recent developments:

  • In the recent past, both India and China have been on similar tracks. Both these countries have strengthened the unity of the Third World countries.
  • Both the countries have seized the opportunities of economic globalisation and technological revolution and have embarked on the fast track of development, driven by reform and innovation.
  • Both the countries have become the twin engines propelling the economic development of the world.
  • China and India have established and developed strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity, and explored a way to achieve harmonious co-existence by actively expanding cooperation and effectively managing differences at the same time.
  • In recent years, as the two largest developing countries and major emerging economies, the two countries have maintained close communication and coordination. They have actively taken part in global governance and have firmly upheld the common interests of developing countries in major global issues.

Going forward, China and India will soon emerge as the main engines driving world economic growth. Thus, it is vital for both the countries to increase strategic mutual trust, deepen traditional friendship, and work for faster and greater development. Both the countries should synergize their development strategies, take forward their respective national development, and facilitate regional and world development.


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