Beijing: India and China should develop common interests matching their skills and strengths to build mutual trust and confidence in their relations, according to the official media.
"Whether the dragon and elephant can dance together depends on whether they are in sync. To perform a harmonious dance requires the two to match the other's skills and strengths," the media said.
It said the bilateral relations have "not" improved due to lack of mutual trust. "India needs to increase its confidence in Sino-Indian cooperation, but it should first become more confident in its self-development," the media said.
"Ordinary Indians may feel China is increasingly looking down upon them. They think China may get tougher on boundary issues with their country. However, the Chinese public often holds that with China's strength growing, India is likely to join hands with the US or others to deal with and balance China out," it said.
But from the perspective of Chinese diplomacy, China treats India as a "big" power, the media said. "Any neglect of this huge neighbour will be considered to be a short-sighted strategy."
"Consolidating and developing the Sino-Indian strategic partnership needs the creation of common interests. China and India should learn from each other. For China, its confidence in cooperating with India is mainly determined by looking ahead, while for India, such confidence comes more from real trust in its own development," it said.
While commenting on the India-US-Japan trilateral dialogue, it said "India wants to realise its goal of being a major player in the Indian Ocean."
"As India's economy develops, its leadership aims to make it one of the strongest forces in the world. China's potential maritime development has been highlighted as a key target India needs to be guarded against. In this, it is close to the US' own goals. These overlap in dealing with the threat China poses," it said.
"This trilateral dialogue mirrors the ongoing influence of the Cold War mentality in these countries' strategic thinking. They are hoping to increase their stakes in their diplomacy with China by standing together, however, the value of such a dialogue is questionable," it said.

On one hand, China should be wary of countries attempting to jointly contain it, the media said. "However, on the other hand, it should understand the trilateral dialogue at this stage has more of a symbolic meaning than any real practical effect."
Yet another article focused on the recent visit of Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to India and spoke of India's "dilemma" in supporting the military dictatorship in the past "fearing" China's clout in that country.
"India was once one of the most important supporters of Myanmar's democratisation. It was highly critical of Myanmar's government after the military assumed power and reversed democratic movements in the country. However, it reassessed its no-contact policy with the military government in 1993, when Suu Kyi was under house arrest, deciding to develop governmental relations," it said.
"Of late, India has been greatly supporting Myanmar's infrastructure construction with the purpose of boosting economic cooperation and trade. It has provided loans for Myanmar to upgrade roads and develop ports. India is planning a trans-Asia highway network linking Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia and the agreement on the first-phase project," the media said.


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