China on Thursday said it is “okay” with India developing cooperative relations with the ASEAN and offered “constructive” participation for promoting overall development of the region.
“China is open to all countries developing friendly relations,” Foreign Ministry Sokesperson Hua Chunying said in response to a question on the India-ASEAN summit.
“So, we are okay with India developing friendly and cooperative relations with ASEAN countries.”
She rejected the perception that the summit commemorating 25 years of India-ASEAN ties was aimed at countering Beijing’s growing footprint in the region, Ms Hua said: “We hope all countries can work together for peace, stability, and development of the region.
“We can all play a constructive role in the regard.” On Wednesday, Hua had welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address disapproving trade protectionism at the Davos World Economic Forum.
The spokesperson also slammed a section of the Indian media for having an anti-China bias in reporting. “In recent days some Indian media seems to have cultivated a habit. They will link their domestic affairs with China. I don’t know what the India leadership think[s] of that. But I want to say that on the Indian side, Indian media is not very confident and they don’t trust us,” she said.