Beijing: As the world witnesses India expand ties with the United States, the Chinese government has expressed its displeasure with the Indo-US joint statement which mentions maritime disputes, referring specifically to the South China Sea. China even warned that India should not fall prey to the ulterior motives of the United States.
Reacting to China's statement, US said clarified that the way in which the US and India approach the issue in the Asia Pacific is very similar. "US and India have very close relations with China in many fields. Nobody is aiming for confrontation with China or even to contain China. So these are not policies that are directed at China or aimed at holding China down, it's about what type of order all nations can thrive under in this part of the world," a statement by the US said.
Showcasing the growing warmth in Sino-Indian ties, China said the visit by the US President to India will have little impact on bilateral ties, asserting that New Delhi also needs Beijing as a "crucial" partner.
China said that while Obama is one of the most high-profile guests ever attending the Republic Day parade, his presence "this time is not expected to significantly impact the longstanding China-India relations."
"For all that, the on-going Obama trip in India may succeed in propelling the US-India relationship forward, it could hardly change the ground reality that India also needs China as a crucial cooperation partner," it said in a strongly-worded commentary.
It said "many went as far as interpreting his presence there as a symbol of closer friendship between Washington and New Delhi, a few, with their minds locked on the much-hyped myth of 'unavoidable confrontation' between China and the United States, went further as to speculate the underlying impact of the Obama trip on China-India relations."
"They say the United States intends to turn itself into a vantage point for its dealings with China by wooing India. Just as it is up to Indians to decide if such an opinion sounds flattering or demeaning, it is mostly up to the two Asian neighbours to decide the fate of their bilateral relations," it said.
Extended a hand of cooperation, China offered that it is ready to take its partnership with India to the next level. In a message to President Pranab Mukherjee, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China is delighted by India's economic achievements. The Chinese President added that they are ready to work with India to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields and build a closer partnership of development.
China on Monday extended conditional support for India's Nuclear Suppliers Group membership bid but said "prudence and caution" needs to be exercised on the issue. The support came a day after US President Barack Obama backed India's inclusion into the elite 48-member body. "We believe that such (an) inclusion should be conducive to the integrity and effectiveness of the regime and decision should be made on consensus. We notice India's commitment to relevant issues," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said.