India and China sign key pacts on water and culture

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao at a meeting at Rastrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday, November 7, 2015. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao at a meeting at Rastrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday, November 7, 2015.
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India and China on Friday signed two agreements including one in the field of water resources on sharing hydrological data on Satluj river. The key agreements were signed after the talks between Vice President Hamid Ansari and his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao in New Delhi.  The Chinese Vice President also held meetings with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mr. Li is the first Chinese Vice president to visit India in more than six decades.

“Widening #IndiaChina engagement. Indian and Chinese Vice Presidents witness signing of MoUs on Water Resources and Culture,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup shared on a micro-blogging site Twitter.

While the pact in water resources was renewal of an agreement dealing with sharing hydrological data on Satluj, under the cultural pact, India will hold exhibition of art from the Gupta period, which was known as “golden period” in the country and during which famous Chinese traveller Fa Hien came, the Union External Affairs ministry spokesperson added.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Vice President of the People's Republic of China, Li Yuanchao in a meeting in New Delhi on Friday, November 7, 2015. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, Li Yuanchao in a meeting in New Delhi on Friday, November 7, 2015.
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Earlier on Friday, Li Yuanchao visited Aurangabad and Kolkata before his arriving to the national capital. In Aurangabad, the Chinese Vice President visited the Ajanta Caves and also met the city mayor. In Kolkata, he met West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Mr. Li also paid a visit to Jorasanko Thakur Bari, the ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore which is now part of Rabindra Bharati University campus.

Asserting there is tremendous potential for the two countries to grow their economic and developmental partnership, PM Modi said that peaceful, cooperative and stable relations between India and China are vital for regional and global peace and prosperity. During his talks, the Prime Minister also highlighted opportunities in Railways, smart cities, infrastructure and urban transport for cooperation between India and China.

“The Prime Minister welcomed the increased level of investments from China to India and expressed hope that the growth in the number of Chinese tourists visiting India will continue,” the PMO release said.

PM Modi also told the visiting leader that the ancient cultural ties between India and China are a catalyst for growth of stronger people-to-people relations.

(With inputs from the PTI)