On the evening of January 16, 2012, Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon hosted a welcome banquet for visiting Chinese Special Representative for Sino-Indian Talks on Boundary Issues and State Councilor Dai Bingguo. Dai said at the event that Sino-Indian relations have evolved beyond simple bilateral relationship into a strategic partnership of global weight. The two countries should play greater role in the forming of a new world political and economic order based on fairness and reasonableness.
Over the past several years, the meetings of Special Representatives of China and India on Sino-Indian Boundary Issues have contributed to the maintenance of peace and tranquility on the border areas of the two countries, as well as the development of bilateral relations, said Dai. He said China-India relations have achieved great development over the past few years and have huge potentials for further development and wide perspective of cooperation. Dai said the world is experiencing huge and profound changes at present. This, he said, is providing a rare opportunity for both China and India to engage in their respective development and common development. Dai called on both sides to emancipate their mind, pioneer into new horizons of cooperation and focus the attention to the maximum limit of the 2.5 billion people of the two countries on how to develop better the friendly relations of the two countries. He also said China is ready to work with Indian friends for the greater development of bilateral relations and greater cooperation between the two countries with the purpose of benefitting the two peoples.
Menon expressed welcome to Dai and his entourage to visit India and join the 15th round of India-China Special Representatives Talks on Boundary Issues. He said that over the past few years, the agendas of the India-China Special Representatives Talks on Boundary Issues have kept widening, which has pushed forward development of bilateral relations and cooperation in international affairs between the two sides. Menon also expressed his confidence that positive results will come out from the current round of talks.