Such visits should help foster better understanding between the two countries, especially in view of Chinese vice-foreign minister Wang Yi telling a group of visiting Indian journalists last week that "lack of mutual understanding" is a factor in Sino-Indian relations. Wang emphasised that the Chinese needed to understand the "changing India", much the same way as New Delhi needed to understand the "new China, the changing China". He declared: "When both the countries are changing we need to have more consensus and mutual cooperation."
And yet, Wang refused to explicitly support India's candidature for permanent membership of the UN Security Council. All that he was prepared to say was: "We welcome a bigger role for India in international affairs because India is a big developing country and one of the important neighbours of China."