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Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India Meets with Wang Yi

On August 13, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India met at the prime ministerial palace in New Delhi with Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Narendra Modi asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, saying that cherishing the friendship with Chinese leaders, he looks forward to exchanging candid and in-depth views with Chinese leaders on further developing India-China relations by taking advantage of the G20 Hangzhou Summit, the BRICS Summit, the series of leaders’ meetings on East Asia cooperation and others. The two countries should enhance communication and mutual support so as to ensure the success of the Hangzhou Summit and the BRICS Summit. India-China friendship enjoys a long history, and bilateral relations have made all-dimensional development in recent years, which India is gratified with. India highly values promoting India-China relations. Its stance of viewing and dealing with bilateral relations from a strategic height remains unchanged. Strengthening cooperation between India and China will inspire all developing countries and bring hopes to them.

Wang Yi conveyed warm regards from President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to Narendra Modi, and expressed that in recent years, China-India relations have maintained a robust development momentum and achieved all-round and rapid progress. The mutual trust and frequent exchanges between both leaders play an important guiding role in the development of bilateral relations. Common interests between China and India far exceed divergence and the need for cooperation far outweighs competition. As important neighbors to each other as well as major developing countries, China and India shoulder the historical responsibilities of safeguarding world peace and development, strengthening the power of developing countries and facilitating multi-polarization progress. China welcomes India’s development and rise and supports the country to play a more active role in international and regional affairs. No matter how the international situation changes, this basic stance will not change. The joint development and growth of China and India are beneficial to the balance and stability of world powers and forging a closer development partnership conforms to both peoples’ common interests as well as complies with the expectations of emerging market countries and the international society. China is willing to make joint efforts with India to earnestly advance bilateral practical and mutually beneficial cooperation.

Wang Yi noted that under the background of downward pressure on current world economy, it is of great importance to well host the G20 Hangzhou Summit and the BRICS Summit. The Chinese side is willing to offer mutual support with India so as to ensure the complete success of the two summits. China will take over the BRICS rotating presidency from India next year. It is hoped that both sides can continue the efforts so as to reinvigorate BRICS countries and let the BRICS shine brighter.

On the same day, Wang Yi also met with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval of India, exchanging views on strategic issues of common concern.

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