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Wang Yi: China and India Support Each Other in Well Hosting the Two Summits
2016/08/13

Upon concluding his visit to India, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the press that this visit to India mainly aims at conducting strategic communication with the Indian side before the upcoming G20 Summit in China and the BRICS Summit in India. The important consensus we have reached is that both sides should firmly support each other and jointly well host the G20 Hangzhou Summit and the Goa meeting of BRICS leaders. During this process, China and India should strengthen the solidarity and cooperation among developing countries and improve the status as well as the role of emerging economies in global governance.

Regarding China-India relations, Wang Yi noted that both sides agree that in the last two-plus years since the new Narendra Modi administration was set up, bilateral relations have achieved all-round development in various areas on the basis of outcomes accumulated over the years. Despite declining global demands, bilateral trade has still maintained a growing momentum with doubled investment from China to India. Railway cooperation and industrial park construction have made orderly progress. Diverse people-to-people and cultural activities in education, youth, tourism, sports and other areas are under implementation as well. Both sides also maintain coordination and cooperation in such global issues as jointly coping with climate change and strengthening international anti-terrorism cooperation. It is safe to say that both sides are satisfied with the overall progress of bilateral relations and believe the mainstream of bilateral relations is sound and healthy.

Wang Yi stressed that as two major neighboring countries, China and India will inevitably face certain issues during contacts, which is quite normal. The key to resolve such issues is what attitude we shall take. As I emphasized to the Indian side, the common interests between both sides far outweigh differences, and cooperation demands far outweigh competitions. We need to place specific issues at appropriate positions in bilateral relations and not let them affect the general picture of bilateral friendship as well as block bilateral cooperation. Both sides should firmly seize the overall situation of bilateral friendly cooperation. On this basis, the two countries can enhance mutual understanding and reduce unnecessary misunderstanding through uninterrupted exchanges and consultation as well as candid and in-depth dialogues. It is believed that we can definitely find the way to settle specific issues. This is both the most important information I send to India through my visit and the most basic consensus reached between both sides.

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