New Delhi, April 12: Reviving the five-decades old slogan Hindi chini, bhai bhai, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao today asserted that the two countries were not rivals or competitors but friendly neighbours who were out to further improve their relations through cooperation.
Noting that India and China were the largest developing countries with the fastest economic growth, he talked about Panchsheel and emphasised that the two countries should work together to make the 21st century that of Asia.
"Some see India and China as competitors... I disagree," Wen said addressing and interacting with the students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi before winding up his four-day "historic" visit to the country.
"India and China are friendly neighbours and not rivals," he said in the address which he concluded by uttering Hindi chini, bhai bhai in Hindi, a famous slogan of 1950s which was clouded by the 1962 war, drawing all round applause.
The Chinese leader underlined that his country wished to see India "prosperous and developed. Also prosperous and developed China is in India's interest."
Charming the young audience while hailing India's progress in recent years, he elaborately quoted Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rabindranath Tagore, Amartya Sen and Deng Xiaoping and referred to Chinese traveller Huan Tsang's historic visit to India to lay emphasis on the historic friendly ties between the two neighbours which needed to be given a further lift.