New Delhi: India on Friday said it was willing to work with China to develop relations based on commonalities, while dealing with differences on the basis of mutual respect and sensitivity to each other’s interests.

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar’s comments came a day after Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Beijing said that India and China should shed suspicion and manage differences by meeting halfway.

Kumar said as “two major countries and large economies, relations between India and China are not just important bilaterally, but also have regional and global significance".

Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xiamen last year, Kumar said the two leaders had agreed that the “sound development of relations between India and China were a factor of stability amid today’s global uncertainties, and that the two countries should not allow their differences to become disputes".

“We are willing to work with the Chinese side to develop our relations based on commonalities, while dealing with differences on the basis of mutual respect and sensitivity to each other’s interests, concerns and aspirations," Kumar said.

Asked how China views relations with India this year after turbulence in ties in 2017 due to a number of issues including the Doklam standoff, Wang had called for both the countries to shed their confrontational stance on issues of differences.

“The Chinese dragon and Indian elephant must not fight each other but dance with each other," Wang was quoted as saying by PTI.

“If China and India are united, one plus one is not equal to two but eleven," Wang said, adding, “despite some tests and difficulties, the China-India relationship continues to grow".

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