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India-China links of world importance

AS the world’s two largest developing countries and emerging economies, coop­eration between India and China is of great global im­portance, India’s Minister of External Affairs Subrah­manyam Jaishankar has said during a visit to Beijing.

Describing the world as “more multi-polar,” he said that India and China need to enhance communication and coordination to con­tribute to world peace and development.

China and India are the world’s only two emerging economies that boast a popu­lation of more than 1 billion.

“Our relationship is so big that it is no longer a bilateral relationship,” Jaishankar said. “It has global dimensions.”

He called on the two coun­tries to find stronger areas of convergence, respect each oth­er’s core concerns, find ways of managing differences, and keep a strategic view of the direction of bilateral ties.

Close cooperation

This was Jaishankar’s first visit to China as India’s ex­ternal affairs minister since he assumed office at the end of May this year. He served as Indian ambassador to China from 2009 to 2013.

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the establish­ment of diplomatic relations between China and India.

Jaishankar described bilateral ties as “positive.” “When we look back (at the past 69 years), there are many lessons that both of us can take from it,” he said. “The primary lesson is that it is im­portant for India and China to cooperate closely if we are to realize the Asian century.”

During Jaishankar’s visit, he co-chaired the second meeting of the China-India high-level people-to-people exchange mechanism with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. They agreed to further pro­mote friendship between the two peoples.

Both China and India have a history that goes back thou­sands of years.

“A lot of people, including young people of both coun­tries, really don’t have a good understanding of how much our two cultures of civili­zations have affected each other,” he said

The two countries decided to establish a high-level people-to-people exchange mechanism in April last year and the first meeting of the mechanism was held in New Delhi in December.

Senior Indian officials from the sports, tourism, and cul­ture sectors traveled with Jaishankar to China.

“It’s important for our re­lationship to build popular support,” he said. “Our people must feel good about each other.”


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