BEIJING (Agencies) Behind the promising picture of increasing trade between the worlds two most populous countries - India and China- a few gnawing issues are still standing in the way between the two titans and if not handled properly, the road ahead for them would not be as smooth as expected, the China Daily said in a commentary on Sunday. It said China and India share about 2,000km border, and the boundary has never been formally delineated. It urged the two sides to quicken their steps on demarcation consultations that began in the 1980s. In the article titled Gnawing issues in China-India relations, the newspaper pointed out that as China gains an increasing sphere of influence in the world arena, many Indians, including high-ranking officials, see it as a potential rival or even a threat to India. This may partly explain why India has yet to recognize Chinas market economy status, while over 60 countries have granted such status to China. Such anti-China sentiments will not help cultivate a friendly atmosphere for bilateral ties to grow, but rather sow the seeds of distrust between the two countries. The daily said the third aspect is that India has always harboured a grudge over Chinas all-weather friendship with Pakistan. The China-Pakistan relationship is based on mutual trust and mutual support in nation building and international cooperation. To maintain a peaceful external environment, it said China also wants to build closer ties with India. If China could become a mutual friend to the two Asian rivals, it will contribute more to regional peace and stability. This will eventually serve Indias interests as well, it added. The newspaper advised that to address these issues, the Indian side needs to show real sincerity in forging a more friendly relationship with China. Advocating closer Sino-India ties on lines of Chinas all-weather friendship with Pakistan, the leading state-run newspaper said an 'Asia century will remain only a dream until the two giants treat each other with mutual trust and respect. The article appeared just days after Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishnas visit to Beijing. The article also highlighted the growing economic exchange between the two countries, pointing out that the first two months of the year saw a 55 per cent increase in bilateral trade as compared to 2009. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between India and China.