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On May 18, a short article was published by DiploNews that described the talks between Foreign Ministers Wang Yi and Salman Khurshid, just a few days after their respective countries reached an agreement on border standoff, as further evidence that a significant rapprochement between the two giant countries of Asia - more than 2 billion people - is taking place.
The visit of China's Premier Li Keqiang to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on May 21 has strengthened DiploNews' viewpoint. Ahead of Mr. Li's visit, Indian government's Official Spokesperson Shri Syed Akbaruddin explained that "India places priority to (its) relations with China" and listed the similarities that have existed for centuries between the two countries and talked about why India's government feels that "the relationship between India and China is (already) one of the most important in the 21st century." Besides the President of India himself, Pranad Mukherjee, noticed the fact that India was the first country Premier Li was visiting after assuming office.
In a telephone conversation with his counterpart Singh on March 15, Premier Li had welcomed the rapidly evolving and positive ties between India and China. He affirmed "the world has enough room for both India and China to realize their common goals for development." The Chinese Premier also assured his counterpart that China "will, as always, attach great importance to its relations with India, and would like to work with the country to promote their strategic cooperative partnership to a new stage."
Since then, everything indicates that both countries have been working hard on reaching this new stage. Firstly, the agreement on border standoff has proved their pragmatic willingness to address border and security issues in order to concentrate their bilateral efforts on building a strong and fruitful trade and economic partnership in the long term. Secondly, they are progressively becoming aware of their growing influence on the international scene, further realizing that they will be tomorrow's leaders only if they can peacefully deal with each other.
But in Beijing as in New Delhi, working peacefully is only a first step, because what sounds ambitious to their ears and they are ambitious countries, it is to turn Asia into the epicenter of the world, someday first far ahead of future second United States. Peace obviously, but real and mutually beneficial partnership would be great too, one can summarize. China and India are going beyond competition, they're building express ways to bilateral cooperation, with potential tremendous and quicker-than-you-expected effects on the world stage.
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