Sino-In­dian re­la­tion­ship grow­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - ByWANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@chi­nadaily.

China is will­ing to co­op­er­ate with In­dia so that friend­li­ness and rec­i­proc­ity will al­ways be the main theme of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship, saidPremier Li Ke­qiang when he met In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Thurs­day in Nay Pyi Taw, Myan­mar.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping paid a suc­cess­ful visit to In­dia re­cently, and the ties be­tween the two coun­tries have de­vel­oped fur­ther, said Li.

Ad­di­tion­ally, China is will­ing to en­hance prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion with In­dia in a com­pre­hen­sive man­ner, and strengthen com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­or­di­na­tion with In­dia in in­ter­na­tional and re­gional af­fairs, so as to ben­e­fit bil­lions of peo­ple in the two coun­tries and in the re­gion, he added.

Li in­vited Modi to visit China early next year.

In May 2013, Li made an of­fi­cial visit to In­dia.

In­dia was the first des­ti­na­tion for Li’s of­fi­cial for­eign vis­its as premier. Li was also the first for­eign leader to have spo­ken with Modi on the phone after Modi took of­fice as In­dia’s prime min­is­ter.

The bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion ben­e­fits not only peo­ple in the two coun­tries, but also in the re­gion , and Xi’s visit to In­dia has yielded plenty of fruit, Modi said dur­ing the meet­ing.

Dur­ingXi’s visit to the coun­try in Septem­ber, China agreed to invest $20 bil­lion in In­dian in­dus­trial and in­fra­struc­ture projects over the next five years.

The $20 bil­lion in­vest­ment will go to im­por­tant projects such as con­struc­tion of in­dus­trial parks and ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion of rail­ways in In­dia, said Le Yucheng, Chi­nese am­bas­sador to In­dia, dur­ing theRoundTable Dis­cus­sion on APEC held on Nov 4 in New Delhi. “In­dian peo­ple will soon be able to en­joy qual­ity yet rea­son­ably priced prod­ucts made by Chi­nese com­pa­nies in In­dia, as well as the con­tri­bu­tion Chi­nese power en­ter­prises will make to help In­dia guar­an­tee a 24/7 power sup­ply,” Le said. “Also, hope­fully, they will en­joy fast and com­fort­able high-speed rail­way ser­vice. Thou­sands and thou­sands of In­di­ans will get jobs of­fered by Chi­nese en­ter­prises.”

hina has also de­cided that it will open theNathu­laPass to ac­com­mo­date In­di­ans who make pil­grim­ages to Ti­bet.

Lou Chun­hao, a re­searcher at the China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, said: “China and In­dia are the two largest de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, and this is the largest common in­ter­est for them. It’s not that there are no dis­crep­an­cies be­tween the two coun­tries, but they can man­age them in a rel­a­tively good man­ner, and ex­pand their co­op­er­a­tion.”

LI TAO / XIN­HUA

Premier Li Ke­qiang meets In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi dur­ing the ASEAN Sum­mit in Nay Pyi Taw on Thurs­day.

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