India and China will work out their differences to ensure that they progress and prosper together, Indian envoy to Beijing Gautam Bambawale said on Wednesday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Summit this week.
The two leaders will be holding their second bilateral meeting in less than two months. India and China saw a chill in ties due to more than 2-months stand-off at the Doklam tri-junction last year.
“Of course, there are certain differences between us, but we will work at the differences to ensure the two countries will progress and prosper together. We are not going to be going away from each other or apart from each other. We are going to do this together,” he said in an interview to China’s state-run CCTV.
The informal summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi in April at the Chinese city of Wuhan was an “effort by the leaders of India and China, two large countries with huge populations, to talk to each other, understand each other to promote cooperation between the two countries”, Bambawale said.
“Most importantly, it (summit) was a strategic communication between the leaders of the two countries. As a result of their discussion in Wuhan, the two leaders have arrived at a certain consensus: the first and most important consensus is India and China are partners in progress and economic development: the second most important consensus is that there are many more commonalities between India and China than differences,” the envoy said.
“They will work together on these commonalities,” he added.
On the success of Indian films in China and promotion of people-to-people contacts, the envoy said India and China should have more people-to-people exchanges. One of the ways to that is through movies.
(With inputs from PTI)