China on Monday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarks in Singapore that Aisa will have a better future if India and China resolved to work together.
“We have noted the positive remarks made by Prime Minister Modi on China-India relations. We highly appreciate such kind of positive remarks,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying said.
Earlier on Friday, in his keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Modi had said that Asia and the world will have a “better future if India and China work together with trust and confidence, keeping in mind each other’s interests”.
Recalling the recent informal summit between PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Wuhan, Chunying said that China was willing to work with India to maintain the momentum in the bilateral ties.
“In April this year, Xi held an informal meeting with Modi. They had in-depth exchange of views in international landscape and bilateral relations and reached consensus on many issues,” Chunying said.
“China is willing to work with the Indian side to follow the guidance of this consensus to maintain the positive momentum of the development of bilateral relations, to promote mutually beneficial cooperation, properly handle differences, maintain peace tranquillity along the border areas and thus move forward the China-India relations,” she added.
The ‘heart-to-heart’ informal meeting between Modi and Xi was held to “solidify” the restrained ties between India and China after the 3-day long Dokalam standoff in 2017.
Troops of India and China were locked in the 73-day standoff in Dokalam after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road by the Chinese army in the disputed area.
(With inputs from agencies)