HO CHI MINH CITY, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- With strong men and women players, China is the favorite at the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships slated for Feb. 14-19 in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, local media reported on Friday.

Members of the Chinese team include Zheng SiweiChen Qingchen (ranked the first in the world for mixed doubles), Shi Yuqi (ranked the 11th for men's singles), He Bingjiao (ranked 10th for women's singles) and Zhang Nan (one of the duo that won a 2016 Olympic gold medal in the men's doubles event). The names were reported by daily newspaper Tuoi Tre (Youth).

China's Hong Kong has also sent its most prominent players to Vietnam, including Ng Ka Long (ranked the eight for men's singles), Hu Yun (14th for men's singles), Wong Wing Ki (the 17th for men's singles), Cheung Ngan Yi (17th for women's singles), and Lee Chun Hei ReginaldChau Hoi Wah (13th for mixed doubles).

Despite fielding its most outstanding players, including Nguyen Tien Minh (42nd for men's singles), Vu Thi Trang (38th for women's singles), and Nguyen Thi Sen (61st for women's doubles along with Vu Thi Trang), Vietnam will likely find it hard to pass the tournament's qualifying round.

Vietnam is in Group C along with Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. "We will try to have at least one victory before the Philippines," said Vietnamese head coach Nguyen The Huy.

Group A consists of China, China's Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei; Group B is comprised of Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka; and Group D includes South Korea, India and Singapore.

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The Indian Gate looms from afar in central New Delhi. Photo: Li QianGT

More than 20 world leaders are set to congregate in Beijing in May for the first One Belt and One Road summit Cheap Air Max 90 Shoes , though one of China's most important neighbors will likely be conspicuous in its absence - India.

In fact, officials and experts in both countries doubt that India will be officially involved in the One Belt and One Road initiative in any way. One major problem, Indian external affairs officials say Cheap Air Max Shoes , is that the initiative includes the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a key cooperation project between China and Pakistan which passes through Kashmir, a region claimed by both Islamabad and New Delhi.

"For us Cheap Nike Air Max 2018 Womens , there are questions of sovereignty which need to be addressed first," said Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during the Global Times' visit in India in mid-February.

However, India has been enthusiastically pushing for greater trade with China and attracting huge volumes of Chinese investment Cheap Nike Air Max 90 Womens , pushing economic cooperation between the two countries to unprecedented levels.

Many Indian experts agree that bilateral relations with China, in both geopolitical and economic terms, are more important than ever before at a time of unprecedented economic challenges and uncertainties brought about by the protectionist-leaning new US president.

But how to efficiently work together for mutual benefits and how to manage disputes between the world's two largest developing countries requires wisdom and patience.

A logo of Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo hangs on a street in Bangalore. Photo: Li QianGT

Mutual mistrust

Stepping out of New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport Cheap Nike Air Max Womens , one cannot miss the giant posters advertising Chinese electronics firms Oppo and Gionee, which are clear indicators of a strong Chinese presence in the economic life of the South Asian nation; the downtown Chinese embassy, which local Indian officials claim is the biggest embassy compound in the world Cheap Air Max 2018 Womens , is proof of the diplomatic importance Beijing has placed on New Delhi.

Indian officials from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Finance that met with the Global Times unanimously stressed the importance of bilateral relations and expressed their willingness to boost ties. Relations between China and India have been moving in a friendlier direction in the past two to three decades, though obstacles have come up from time to time.

Counter-terrorism is one area in which China and India should make special efforts together, according to Foreign Secretary Jaishankar.

Bilateral ties have been highlighted in recent months after India criticized China for blocking the United Nations from listing Pakistani national Masood Azhar as a terrorist and obstructing India from becoming a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

The Chinese foreign ministry has said more proof of Azhar's terrorist deeds needs to be provided by India and that India should do sufficient diplomatic groundwork with non-proliferation treaty signatories before the UN passes the motions.

India is on high alert for potential terrorist attacks Cheap Air Max 90 Womens , as seen from the strict security checks at hotels in its capital and major cities. Azhar's militant group is suspected of attacking Indian military facilities near the Pakistan border and conducting other terrorist attacks.

Sincere communications are needed between China and India to solve disagreements on this issue, said Sun Shihai, deputy director of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. China is also a victim of terrorism and shares common interests with India on this issue.

"China has a very strong Cheap Air Max Womens , principled position on counter-terrorism. We hope the position China already has will be further implemented," said Jaishankar, saying that discussions with China over the matter are still going on. Jaishankar will co-chair the China-Ind.