Visualising "unlimited possibilities" for closer cooperation between India and China, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday outlined seven "practical principles" of engagement involving mutual respect and sensitivity while maintaining peace and tranquility on the border.
Interacting with a group of youth from China at his residence, Singh said the two countries share a common destiny and that "their strategic consultation and cooperation will enhance peace, stability and security in our region and beyond".
"I believe that our two countries not only share a common destiny but that we have unlimited possibilities for closer cooperation," he told the members of the delegation.
"Let me, therefore, outline seven practical principles of engagement that I believe will set India and China on this course," he said.
"Like a beautiful tangram that emerges from seven different shapes, these seven principles would together create a beautiful tapestry of India-China relations in the years ahead," Singh said.
Enlisting these principles, he said "we should reaffirm an unwavering commitment to the principles of Panchsheel and conduct our relationship in a spirit of mutual respect, sensitivity to each other’s interests and sovereignty, and mutual and equal security."
He said maintaining peace and tranquility in India-China border areas has been the cornerstone of the bilateral relations.