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Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India Hold Joint Press Conference

On the morning of May 15, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang met the press at the Great Hall of the People together with visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India.

Li Keqiang expressed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I had a friendly and in-depth talk, reaching broad consensus on further building mutual trust, continuously deepening practical cooperation in various fields and forging a closer development partnership. We believe that common interests of China and India far overweigh our divergences, and that both sides have sufficient political will and political wisdom to properly handle sensitive issues. Both sides agreed to maintain frequent contacts between the state leaders, expand practical cooperation in key fields, support more exchanges between regions and think-tanks of the two countries and boost communication and coordination in international and regional affairs.

Li Keqiang stressed that currently both China and India are facing a historic opportunity of development and revitalization. The Chinese side stands ready to work with the Indian side to seize the opportunity and remove interferences, so as to constantly advance the bilateral relations to new highs and make contributions to regional and world stability and prosperity. Both sides will strengthen cooperation in the post-disaster reconstruction of Nepal, and appeal to the international community to continue providing Nepal with indispensable assistance, in a move to help the Nepalese people restore their homeland at an early date.

Narendra Modi expressed that during his visit, he had sincere and friendly communication with the Chinese leaders, reaching important consensus and setting new goals. India regards China as an important strategic partner, and the development of India-China relations will exert a significant influence on the peace and development of the two countries and the world at large. The Indian side stands ready to make joint efforts with the Chinese side to view India-China relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, maintain high-level exchanges, intensify strategic mutual trust, manage and control differences, deepen practical cooperation, expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and strengthen communication and coordination in regional and international affairs, so as to promote regional and world peace and development.

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