BEIJING, Oct 24 (IANS): There is enough room to accommodate the aspirations of China and India, the Chinese foreign ministry said Wednesday.
Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the comment in response to India's commemorative activities and media reports to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Sino-India border conflict.
"We have noticed relevant reports and commentaries," Xinhua quoted Hong as saying.
As the most populous developing countries and emerging economies, China and India face important opportunities for development, he said.
"China and India are partners, rather than rivals. We have far more common ground than disagreements, more mutual interests than conflicts," he said.
As leaders of both countries have pointed out, the world has enough space to accommodate China and India for common development and there are enough areas for the two to cooperate, Hong said.
"China is willing to work with India to look forward, enhance trust, communication and cooperation to deepen China-India strategic partnership and benefit the two countries and its people," Hong said.
India paid homage to soldiers who lost their lives in the 1962 war over the weekend. Defence Minister A.K. Antony said there would not be a repeat of the conflict which led to India's military rout.