By Abby Gross

India and China don’t seem at all alike. When you look at the differences between their governments, religions, and even their climates, the two countries seem to share only the fact that they exist on the same continent.

But India and China have a reason to interact. They are two of the most populated nations in the world. Unfortunately, for a long time the two countries have been at odds for a variety of political reasons.

India and China are both becoming stronger countries. They want to get along, especially if cooperation will lead to stronger economies. Therefore, they are calling 2006 “Friendship Year.” Many cultural events are taking place in both countries, with the goal of bringing Indian and Chinese people together. Leaders from the countries hope that 2006 will signal the start of a peaceful and prosperous relationship.