Top Chinese leader meets PM; stability in ties stressed

RSTV Bureau

Modi_ChinaTop Chinese National People’s Congress (NPC) leader Zhang Dejiang called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his 7 Race Course Road residence in the capital on Monday. Both leaders emphasized the importance of peaceful, stable and cooperative relations between India and China for regional, global peace and prosperity.

PM Modi and Zhang Dejiang, who is serving as the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC, also emphasised the importance of promoting investment, trade, tourism and people to people ties, and enhancing strategic communication and coordination.

Zhang while endorsing the view expressed by the Prime Minister during his recent visit to China reiterated that whether 21st Century is Asian Century will depend long on what India and China achieve individually and jointly.

Pointing out that parliamentary exchanges are an important pillar of the bilateral relationship, PM Modi stressed on the need to broaden the foundation of India-China relations by promoting exchanges between State-level legislatures as well, a press release issued by the Prime Minister Office read.

Prime Minister Modi also recalled his “extremely productive visit to China” last month with the visiting Chinese leader. The PM said the outcomes of the visit will take the India-China relationship to a new level. And on his part, Zhang said there was a new level of interest about India in China across all sectors, including the businesses, due to PM Modi’s visit to China and his leadership in India.

Both PM Modi and Zhang emphasised the importance of promoting investment, trade, tourism and people to people ties, and enhancing strategic communication and coordination, the release said.

Both the leaders welcomed the renewed focus on India and China’s ancient cultural and spiritual ties, highlighted by Prime Minister Modi and President Xi’s joint visit to Xian and the joint Yoga Tai-Chi demonstration witnessed in Beijing by Prime Minister and Premier Li.

Besides this, PM Modi also welcomed the increase in the number of Chinese visitors to India ever since the launch of “Visit India Year” in China earlier this year.

(With inputs from the PTI)