Beijing : China and India are strategic partners and not rivals and they should put aside differences on thorny issues such as border dispute and carry forward with the good momentum in bilateral ties, official Chinese media said on Monday, reports PTI.

Some of the Chinese analysts also called on the two countries to resolve the boundary row taking advantage of the historic opportunity of having strong leaderships at their helm.

“As there is good momentum in the bilateral relations, China and India can put aside their differences on such thorny issues as border disputes to make sure they will not hinder the partnership and friendship between the two countries,” state-run Xinhua news agency said on Monday in a commentary on the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to New Delhi.  Such an approach will be conducive to the world and regional peace and stability, it said in the commentary titled ‘China India strategic partners not rivals.’

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