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Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India Attend First Forum of Leaders of Regions of China and India
2015/05/15

At noon on May 15, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India attended the First Forum of Leaders of the Regions of China and India and delivered speeches at the Great Hall of the People.

Li Keqiang said that holding the First Forum of Leaders of the Regions of China and India is a major and significant event in our bilateral relations. Over the 30-odd years of reform and opening up, China has made enormous achievements in economic and social development. An important reason is to fully mobilize the initiative of both central and local governments and stimulate market vitality and social creativity. Currently, we are promoting mass entrepreneurship and innovation, which is to make people with aspiration and competence have equal opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship, and the local governments play an important role in this aspect.

Li Keqiang pointed out that as two developing countries with the largest population, both China and India are pushing forward industrialization and urbanization and have great potential in domestic demand. Developing exchanges and cooperation between the local governments of the two countries is a very good start to stimulate huge market vitality. Both sides have full capacity to build smart cities and realize smart living through smart work. The central governments of both countries will provide facilitation to this process.

Narendra Modi said that as the India-China relations are currently under rapid development, bilateral exchanges and cooperation at the local level face new opportunities, and it is highly opportune to hold this Forum. India pays high attention to the positive role of local exchanges in promoting the development of the bilateral relations, is glad to see a constant deepening of exchanges between the two countries, and welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in India. He hoped that the central and local governments of both countries will make joint efforts to bring the grand vision of developing the bilateral relations into reality.

The first Forum of Leaders of the Regions of China and India was co-hosted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the China International Friendship Cities Association with the theme of "Smart City, Smart Living". About 150 representatives from local governments and enterprises of China and India attended the Forum.

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