TOKYO - Fast-growing India and China can each pursue their ambitions despite
inevitable competition, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in remarks
Fast-growing India and China can each pursue their ambitions
despite inevitable competition, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has
Singh echoed remarks of Chinese President Hu Jintao, who on a landmark visit
last month to India said that the world's two most populous countries should be
"friends" despite a sometimes bitter past.
"My own view is that the world is large enough to accommodate the development
ambitions of both countries," Singh told Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper ahead
of a visit to Tokyo next week.
"And, therefore, there is immense scope for us to cooperate with one
another," he said.
"There will be certain fields where we will also be competing, as is
inevitable, so there is a policy of competition as well as of cooperation."
Japan has sought warmer ties with India in part to balance tension with
China, although both New Delhi and Tokyo have recently tried to reconcile with
Singh said he wanted to use his visit, the first by an Indian premier to
Tokyo in five years, "to gain a better understanding about Prime Minister
(Shinzo) Abe's idea of closer cooperation among major countries in the region."
India fought a brief war with China in 1962 and the two countries have yet to
delineate a border.
Japan and China have lingering tension linked to the legacy of Japanese
aggression in the 1930s and 1940s, although they are major trading