China and India should be "more sensitive" to each other's concerns to address contentious issues and they should not allow differences to stop their "pretty close" relations from moving forward, a top Chinese official said on Saturday.
Being big developing countries facing multiple challenges China and India "need to be more sensitive to each other's concerns so that we can better address them," Fu Ying, spokesperson of the China's parliament, the National People's Congress, said responding to questions on India-China ties.
"For some issues that cannot be worked for the moment, we cannot allow them to stop us from moving forward. We must proceed with whatever we can and advance good cooperation," she said at a crowded press conference ahead of NPC's annual session starting on Monday.
China's relations with India and the US were the only foreign policy related questions dealt by Fu in the nationally televised press conference which is otherwise dominated by the defence budget and pressing domestic issues like recurring pollution.
When asked about differences over India's admission into the Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG), declaring JeM leader Masood Azhar as terrorist by the UN and India's concerns over USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor going through PoK, she said the two sides are addressing them through dialogue. Fu, 63, praised the depth and extent of the February 22 upgraded strategic dialogue in Beijing co-chaired by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar during which both sides discussed the whole gamut of their relations.
"I have read the report of India-China strategic dialogue. From what I can see it is wide-ranging and goes deep and positive. I feel that when we look at the India-China relations we need to see the tree and we also see the woods," said Fu, who was former Vice Foreign Minister. "Of course there are also some differences, some have been around for years and you mentioned some of them.
I also hear China's concerns. Between our two foreign ministries they are covered in detail and plans have been made," she said. China yesterday expressed concern over India granting permission to the Dalai Lama to visit the Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as part of South Tibet. Fu said that despite the differences, the relations are progressing well. "China-India relations have been advancing pretty rapidly," she said.