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Li Keqiang Meets with President Pranab Mukherjee of India

On the afternoon of May 26, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with President Pranab Mukherjee of India, who was paying a state visit to China.

Li Keqiang expressed that as ancient civilizations and two of the largest developing countries in the world, both China and India stick to independent foreign policies. Respective development is also opportunities for each other. President Xi Jinping and you have successfully exchanged visits, strongly promoting the development of bilateral relations. China is willing to, together with India, maintain high-level exchanges, enhance strategic mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation in all areas, intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges, properly handle disputes and strengthen coordination on major international and regional issues so that the development of China-India relations can be conducive to prosperity and progress in Asia as well as world peace and stability.

Li Keqiang pointed out that against the background of sluggish world economic recovery and divergent trend of major economies, the Chinese and Indian economies have maintained a medium-high growth rate that ranks high in the world. The two countries are tackling obstacles and pushing forward reform and have achieved a sustained, stable and positive trend. We stand ready to, together with India, tap deep into the potential of mutually beneficial cooperation, advance the docking of both strategies such as “Made in China 2025”, “Internet Plus” ,“Made in India” and “Digital India ”, and carry out cooperation in production capacity, railway and other aspects. Both countries should accelerate the construction of major projects such as the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, seek new growth points for practical cooperation and promote balanced trade development of both sides. The cooperation and common development of China and India will benefit more than one third of the world population and vigorously promote world economic recovery and growth.

Pranab Mukherjee noted that during his multiple visits to China, he has felt the rapid economic development and impressive achievements of China. As important neighboring countries of each other, it is of great significance for India and China to develop bilateral relations. Both countries should further tap cooperation potential in areas including trade and economy, investment, manufacturing, information technology and smart cities, enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges, expand consensus, and reduce disputes so as to forge a closer development partnership.

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