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China, India are 'natural partners', envoy tells Modi

Published on Jun 10, 2014 1:39 AM
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Left) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting in New Delhi on June 9, 2014. Mr Wang promised on June 8, 2014 to help India's economic development and emphasised that the two countries see eye-to-eye of most issues, playing down difference over a trade deficit and a festering border dispute. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - China's top diplomat told India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday that the nuclear-armed neighbours should regard themselves as "natural partners" rather than rivals as they held talks in New Delhi.

Speaking at a press conference in the Indian capital, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing could already detect the "wind" of change since Mr Modi won a landslide election last month and was ready to aid what he called a "national rejuvenation" across the border.

"The most important message I've brought is that, on your road to national rejuvenation, China stands by your side," said Mr Wang, who was acting as an envoy on behalf of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"China and India are natural partners of cooperation," added Mr Wang.

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