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Li Keqiang and Narendra Modi Attend Taichi and Yoga Show of China-India Cultural Exchanges
2015/05/16

On the afternoon of May 15, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India attended a Taichi and Yoga show of China-India cultural exchanges at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

It is early summer in Beijing, with clear sky, gentle breeze and all-embracing green. Bathed in the late afternoon sunshine, the time-honored building complex at the Temple of Heaven stands plain and sedate.

Li Keqiang and Narendra Modi came to the square in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. Over 400 Taichi and Yoga enthusiasts from China and India were practicing here. Their movements and poses spoke perfectly for the balance of strength and flexibility as well as dynamic and static.

Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had friendly talks with the coaches and exercisers, and delivered ardent speeches.

Li Keqiang said that Taichi of China and Yoga of India are both treasures of ancient civilizations of the two countries as well as the crystal of two Oriental civilizations and enjoy everlasting popularity. Although they have some differences in external forms, the internal essence of pursuing harmony among nature, man and mind is similar, and they both embody the inheritance and flourish of culture and civilization. The joint show of Taichi and Yoga at the Temple of Heaven is not to display unique brilliance, but to add radiance to each other. It demonstrates to the two countries as well as to the world at large the beautiful pursuit of China and India to coexist in harmony and join hands to deliver an even better life to the 2.5 billion Chinese and Indian people, and their firm faith in promoting stability and prosperity of the region and safeguarding long-lasting peace of the world.

Narendra Modi said that the fact that the Show takes place at the Temple of Heaven conveys profound meanings and manifests the new look of robust development of the relations between India and China, two countries of ancient civilizations. Both Taichi and Yoga could help people achieve balance among human body, mind and wisdom so as to cope with various pressure in peace. The youth of the two countries developing communication and gaining understanding through practice of Taichi and Yoga further reflects the paving and bridging role of cultural exchanges in the development of the bilateral relations between India and China.

Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Narendra Modi encouraged the Taichi and Yoga enthusiasts from China and India to make more efforts to promote the exchanges and spread of traditional Oriental civilizations.

The speeches of Li Keqiang and Narendra Modi received warm applauses from the audience, who rushed over for a photo opportunity with the leaders.

After the event, accompanied by Li Keqiang, Narendra Modi visited the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest with interest.

After that, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had conversations while taking a stroll in the woods, making blueprint for the bilateral relations and cooperation. Upon the time to say goodbye, Li Keqiang congratulated Narendra Modi on the success of his visit to China and wished him a good trip to Shanghai. Narendra Modi said that he looks forward to receiving Li Keqiang in India at an early date.

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