Phuket, Jul 22: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna met his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of India-ASEAN ministerial meeting in Thai island resort on Wednesday, Jul 22.
Speaking to the media, Krishna said that India and China are not rivals but partners in an emerging Asia.
He said, "India and China may be competitive in economic and trade areas, but they are not rivals. There is enough space for both India and China to grow."
He also said, "We reciprocated the mutual desire to deepen our multi-faceted cooperation between India and China and will continue to be in touch with each other and share our concerns."
The two foreign ministers expressed satisfaction with dramatic expansion of economic ties, despite political differences over issues like the boundary dispute and recent strains in ties following China's opposition to development loan for Arunachal Pradesh.