BEIJING (Reuters) – Sonia Gandhi,‘s most powerful politician, stressed the importance of frank dialogue with during her visit to , as the two rivals pledged to strengthen bilateral ties.
India and China are competing for global influence and for the raw materials and energy needed to fuel Asia’s two fastest growing economies.
“We may well have different views and different perspectives on both bilateral and global issues. That is only natural,” Gandhi said in a speech to a selected audience of about 50 students at the elite Tsinghua University on Saturday.
“However, I have no doubt that there is no problem that can not be sorted out through free and frank dialogue and discussion.”
Gandhi, the head of India’s ruling Congress Party, is visiting China to pave the way for a visit late this year or early next by.