Xi eyes continued correct direction for China-India ties

 

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) meets with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in Beijing

on February 2, 2015.   Photo by Huang Jingwen

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |   2015-02-02 23:57:53

 

Xi eyes continued

correct direction

for China-India ties

 

 

By Liu Hua

 

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday of February 2 called for a continued advancement of ties between China and India.

“Leaders of the two countries should maintain communication and exchanges and work together to ensure the correct direction for the development of the bilateral ties,” Xi said as he met with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Xi attributed the stable development of the relationship mainly to the accumulating political trust and consensus on some major issues reached between the leaders of the two countries.

Recalling his visit to India in September, Xi said his visit initiated a new phase of relationship and that the trend of friendly exchanges and cooperation between the two countries is “very good”.

Xi asked Swaraj to convey his greetings to Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he “welcome Prime Minister Modi to visit China at an early date.”

China and India should grasp the “opportunity of the century” to combine their development strategies, and push ahead with their strategic cooperation on railways and industrial parks to benefit the 2.5 billion people of the two countries as well as the global economic development, said the Chinese president.

Xi said the two sides should patiently control and manage disputes to prevent them from affecting the overall relationship. He called for sincerity and willingness to pursue a gradual and appropriate resolution of disputes.

China stands ready to increase communication and coordination with India on global governance and other major international and regional issues to ensure the international order develops in a more fair and rational direction and to safeguard the interests of emerging markets and developing countries, Xi said.

For her part, Swaraj conveyed the greetings of President Mukherjee and Prime Minister Modi to Xi, adding that Xi’s visit last year elevated the India-China relationship to a new level.

She said the consensus reached between the leaders were being implemented and India looks forward to more investment from China and more balanced trade between the two countries.

The Indian side hopes for more dialogue on border issues, she added.

Swaraj said Prime Minister Modi looked forward to visiting China and she believed this visit would bring important progress for the relationship.

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |  2015-02-03 01:21:27

 

China, India

to boost tourism cooperation

 

By Yang Yijun and Qian Chunxian

 

China and India, the world’s two most populous countries, agreed to boost tourism cooperation to strengthen people-to-people ties.

“We are confident that the number of China-India mutual visits will exceed 1 million in 2016,” said Li Jinzao, head of China National Tourism Administration (NTA), at the launch ceremony for “Visit India Year 2015″ here on Monday of February 2.

Indian citizens traveling to China hit 645,600 while 124,600 Chinese citizens chose India as the first stop of their overseas trips in the 11 months of 2014.

Overseas trips by Chinese people surpassed 100 million last year.

“Compared with the total population of 2.5 billion of the two countries, 1 million is very small,” Li said, stressing the space for cooperation on tourism is very huge.

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s India tour in September, Xi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to launch “Visit India Year” in China in 2015 and “Visit China Year” in India in 2016. It is an important opportunity to boost tourism cooperation, Li Jinzao said.

Attending the launch ceremony monday, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang called on the two sides to earnestly implement the consensus of the two leaders.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a video message to the launch ceremony and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the ceremony.

According to tourism authorities, the two sides will work together to simplify visa procedures, increase direct flights and improve service levels. The two sides will also develop new travel packages and routes as well as strengthen communication and coordination to safeguard safety of tourists.

Chinese monk Xuan Zang’s visit to India in the seventh century is a legend loved by hundreds of millions of ordinary Chinese people, said Yu Ningning, President of China International Travel Service. She believed that the two countries will jointly write new friendship stories in the age of globalization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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