New Delhi and Beijing agree to enhance proximity

SansadTV Bureau

pm-in-china-2Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised that India and China will grow if both speak the same language. He said it while his address at the Tsinghua University on the second day of his three-day China trip. He restated that India and China will set a landmark milestone to cement their ties.

“Geography and history tell us that the dream of an interconnected Asia will be successful, when India and China work together. As much as our bilateral cooperation, our international partnership will be important for each other’s success”, the PM told the large gathering at the Chinese University.

PM Modi also stressed that both the countries should realize the full potential of their relationships and come together on the road of development by removing all types of differences.

“We must try to settle the boundary question quickly”, he also said at the address.

Earlier in the day on Friday, India and China signed a record 24 agreements in key sectors worth 10 billion US dollars. The agreements were signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang at the capital city of Beijing. Both sides claimed that the landmark agreements were signed covering the sectors of railways, mining, outer space, earthquake science and engineering, tourism, sister-cities and establishment of consulates in Chengdu and Chennai and among others.

An action plan between the Indian Railways and China National Railways on enhancing cooperation in the railway sector was also signed.

“Today, we have signed over 20 agreements, covering diverse areas of cooperation. This shows the depth and maturity of our relationship and the positive direction of our partnership,” PM Modi said in his address after signing the agreements.

“Our decision to open a consulate in Chengdu and Chennai reflects growing mutual confidence and shared commitment to expand our relationship,” he added.

An MoU on education exchange programme and ‘Space Cooperation Outline’ were also signed. Besides, four agreements were signed on sister-state and sister city relations between Karnataka and Sichuan province, Chennai and Chongqing, Hyderabad and Qingdao, and Aurangabad and Dunhuang.

An agreement on setting up a Mahatma Gandhi skill centre in Ahmedabad was also signed besides a broadcast tie-up for Doordarshan and China’s state-run CCTV. Agreements on education exchange programme, on mining and minerals, skill development, tourism and vocational education also figured on the list. Two MoUs between Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Yunnan Minzu University and another with Fudan University were also signed on the establishment of a Yoga college and centre for Gandhian and Indian studies, respectively.

Trade, economic ties and robust cultural exchange were the main focus of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day visit to China.