In a one to one conversation with the his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing, President Pranab Mukherjee said that India-China relationship has acquired “strategic significance” and the two countries can generate “tremendous momentum” for global peace and prosperity.
President Pranab is on a four day visit was given a ceremonial welcome with a 21-gun salute before he met Jingping. President termed his visit is an affirmation of the friendship between our two nations and our people.
“I have no doubt that it will enhance public support and understanding of the relations,” said the President of India.
Calling President Pranab a seasoned statesman and old friend of the Chinese people, Xi said his current visit of will hopefully strengthen the momentum of high-level exchanges between China and India
“When I visited India in 2014, I was warmly received by your excellency and the Indian government. During that visit we had sincere and candid discussions on China-India relations and issues of mutual interest and we reached lot of common understandings,” Xi, who is also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China, said.
Noting that China and India are next door neighbours and both are ancient civilisations and emerging markets, Xi said historically there has been a frequent interflow of exchanges between China and India where they learnt from each other and created splendid cultures in their own nations.
“India and China are two large growing economies and major powers on the world stage. We represent over 40 per cent of humanity. Our relations transcend the bilateral ambit and have acquired regional and global and strategic significance,” Mukherjee said.
Observing that at present, both India and China are at a crucial stage of reforms and development, Xi said both are in pursuit of the great goal of national rejuvenation and are committed to making lives better for the 2.6 billion Chinese and Indian people.
“We are both committed to making the international political and economic order more fair and reasonable. It can be said our dreams are shared and our interests well aligned,” Xi said.