Beijing: Outlining seven practical principles of engagement for closer cooperation between India and China, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the two countries should show sensitivity to each other's interests and sovereignty and move quickly to resolve the boundary issue.
Addressing future leaders at the Chinese Communist Party's Central Party School, Singh said old theories of alliances and containment are no longer relevant. “India and China cannot be contained and our recent history is testimony to this. Nor should we seek to contain others,” he said.
The Prime Minister was received with a standing ovation and his speech on “India, China - A New Era” was given a huge round of applause by the audience.
In his seven principles of engagement, Singh said, “One should reaffirm an unwavering commitment to the principles of ‘Panchsheel' and conduct our relationship in a spirit of mutual respect, sensitivity to each other's interests and sovereignty, and mutual and equal security.”
He said India has welcomed President Xi Jinping's concept of a new type of great power relations.