Amid US friction, China wants India to deepen trade ties

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NEW DELHI: Amid trade friction between China and the US, Beijing has called for India and China to deepen their cooperation to fight trade protectionism. Facing unilateralism and bullying activities, the Chinese embassy said here in a statement, China and India had more reasons to join efforts to build a more just and reasonable international order.

Making a common cause with India, which too has been at the receiving end of the Trump administration’s mercurial trade policies, China asked the US to reflect on its own practice of interfering in the internal affairs of developing countries such as China and India “under the pretext of human rights and religious matters”.

As two largest developing countries and major emerging markets, said the statement, China and India were both in the vital stage of deepening reform and developing economy, and both needed stable external environment.

“Practicing unilateral trade protectionism in the name of “national security” and “fair trade” will not only affect China’s economic development, but also undermine the external environment of India…,” said counselor Ji Rong, spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in India.

“President Xi Jinping and PM Modiji spoke with one voice to safeguard the multilateral trading system and free trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos respectively. This year, the two sides jointly participated in publishing the ‘Qingdao Declaration’ and the 10th Brics Summit Johannesburg Declaration, sending a clear message against protectionism,” he said. “The ‘militarisation’ of South China Sea by China is distorting of facts. The US should stop making troubles … and respect the efforts of relevant parties to resolve problems through negotiation,” Ji said.

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