Mutual tensions at high, India-China reach understanding on border talks
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Menon said the two countries had a series of engagements which included the Special Economic Dialogue held last month in New Delhi.
"So many things are changing, including world economy. We need enabling environment for development and how we can carry the relationship forward," he said.
"We expect this relationship to continue to grow, develop to deepen. It is in our and their objective interest. Frankly it is a relationship which is increasingly getting important to the region and the world," he said.
"It is useful, good and timely. We go home satisfied. On the substance common understanding we have to tell the leaders first," he said about his visit here.
About Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi's remarks that Indian Navy will operate in South China Sea, Menon said they were misinterpreted.
The reporting on Joshi's remarks amounted to stretching the truth, he said.
Asked whether the Chinese side raised Joshi's remarks with him, Menon said no.
"They recognise that media plays a role. In the past they complained," he said, adding that media should reflect realities of what India and China are doing with each other.
"When you look at the range of India-China engagement, when you look at the fact how peaceful that border is, the progress achieved in the boundary settlement, the congruence the two had on several international issues, you get a more balanced picture of the relationship, its potential."
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