China stresses cooperation after India’s missile test

2012-04-19 10:05

The Chinese government reacted cautiously to India’s first test of a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile today, stressing the two nations’ improving ties and “hard-won” cooperation.

“China and India are both emerging developing countries. We are not competitors but cooperative partners,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin said.

The two nations should “cherish the good situation which is hard-won,” Liu said.

They should deepen their “friendly strategic cooperation... to maintain peace and stability in the region,” he said.

A headline by the nationalistic Global Times newspaper said India was “being swept up by its missile delusion” and warned that “China’s nuclear power was stronger and more reliable.”

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