Singh-Wen meeting clears suspicions and misunderstanding: Chinese Media

Singh-Wen meeting clears suspicions and misunderstanding: Chinese Media

Manmohan Singh and Wen Jiabao

In its first positive assessment of the October 24 meeting between Singh and Wen on the margins of the ASEAN Summit in Thailand amid the Chinese protests over Arunachal Pradesh, an editorial in the People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the ruling CPC, said the two Prime Ministers reached consensus that the two neighbours should forge a strategic partnership.

"The consensus between Premier Wen and Indian PM Singh is just like a gentle breeze, clearing up all the suspicion and misunderstanding that have hindered bilateral relations over the past decades," it said, two days after China blamed the Dalai Lama for the recent tension in Sino-India ties.
The paper noted that during their meeting, Wen and Singh agreed that the two countries should forge a strategic partnership to maintain regional peace and stability, achieve the goal of common development and harmonious prosperity.

While pointing out that Sino-India relations are steadily on the rise despite the ups and downs over the past decades, the editorial underlined that leaders from both countries reached agreement that China and India would "never regard each other as a threat," which served as a political foundation for development of bilateral ties from strategic perspective.

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