Chi­nese am­bas­sador Mr. Wei Wei meets Goa gover­nor

Diplo­matic Mis­sion in In­dia and China Novem­ber 30, 2013, Chi­nese

Business Sphere - - Chinese | Ambassador Wei Wei, January 2013 - By Our Cor­re­spon­dent

Am­bas­sador to In­dia Mr. Wei Wei met with Mr. B V Wan­choo, Gover­nor of Goa, dur­ing his visit to the 44th In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val of In­dia (IFFI). Both sides ex­changed views on strength­en­ing trade, tourism and cul­tural ex­change be­tween China and Goa. Wei Wei said China at­taches im­por­tance to deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion with Goa in eco­nomic, trade, tourism and cul­tural re­la­tions. He hoped that Goa could in­te­grate tourist route and make full use of the ad­van­tages of price and lo­ca­tion in or­der to at­tract more Chi­nese tourists to visit. He wel­comed Goa to es­tab­lish a sis­ter-city re­la­tion with Chi­nese city to pro­mote bi­lat­eral ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion at lo­cal level. Wan­choo in­tro­duced the eco­nomic and tourism sit­u­a­tion of Goa to Am­bas­sador Wei Wei and ex­pressed the will­ing to fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Goa and China in tourism and other fields.

‘In­dia, China have made his­tory dur­ing Man­mo­han Singh’s visit’

In­dia and China have made his­tory dur­ing the just con­cluded visit of Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh by work­ing on a new set of rules for the smooth de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral ties and re­shap­ing the world, the Chi­nese me­dia said on Fri­day. “His­tory can be made in a mo­ment, es­pe­cially when two of the world’s

most pop­u­lated na­tions are de­ter­mined to do so,” a com­men­tary by the staterun Xin­hua news agency said. “As Chi­nese Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang and In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh shook hands in Bei­jing and cheered ex­change of vis­its, the two Asian gi­ants have come to a com­mon view of fac­ing up to the fu­ture, rather than look­ing back,” it said sum­ming up the of­fi­cial mood here about the out­come of Singh’s three-day visit which con­cluded yes­ter­day. As two emerg­ing economies with over one-third of the world’s pop­u­la­tion, “China and In­dia are work­ing on a new set of rules that will not only lay a smooth track for bi­lat­eral ties, but also help re­shape the world,” it said. Nine agree­ments in­clud­ing the Bor­der De­fence Co­op­er­a­tion Agree­ment (BDCA), be­sides a new MoU on trans­bor­der Rivers were signed dur­ing Singh’s visit. “In a bid to build greater trust and con­fi­dence, China and In­dia signed BDCA. Both sides hailed the agree­ment as a pow­er­ful tool to main­tain peace and tran­quil­ity on the bor­der, a ‘foun­da­tion’ for the growth of China-In­dia re­la­tion­ship,” the com­men­tary said. Singh held talks with both Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Pre­mier Li on al­most all as­pects of Sino-In­dian re­la­tions. His three-day tour re­ceived wide at­ten­tion in of­fi­cial print and tele­vi­sion me­dia. Singh in his speech at the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party Cen­tral School where top lead­ers get trained also enun­ci­ated a broad out­line for fu­ture re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries to main­tain close ties while ad­dress­ing their mu­tual con­cerns. Both Pre­miers hold a clear vi­sion about where the big­gest po­ten­tial of Chi­naIn­dia re­la­tions lies and are com­mit­ted to re­al­is­ing the global promi­nence of the strate­gic part­ner­ship, the Xin­hua com­men­tary said. “China-In­dia re­la­tions have gone far be­yond bi­lat­eral scope and have global and strate­gic sig­nif­i­cance,” Xi said dur­ing his meet­ing with Singh, who re­sponded by say­ing “when In­dia and China shake hands, the world notices,” Xin­hua said. The two sides vowed to strengthen co­or­di­na­tion and co­op­er­a­tion in mul­ti­lat­eral fo­rums in­clud­ing Chi­naRus­sia- In­dia, the BRICS and G20. “In a move that may change the geopo­lit­i­cal map in Asia and the world, China and In­dia de­cided to move ahead with prepa­ra­tion for the BCIM Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor that com­passes Bangladesh, China, In­dia and Myan­mar. China ex­pressed readi­ness to step up in­vest­ment, rail­way con­struc­tion and in­dus­trial zone de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion,” it said. The flow of funds, goods and people through the mar­itime Silk Road across the sub-con­ti­nent will be iden­ti­cal to what hap­pened in his­tory, a prece­dent from which the two an­cient coun­tries draw wealth and strength for cur­rent co­op­er­a­tion, it said. To en­hance friend­ship and un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two peo­ples, China and In­dia agreed to launch a se­ries of joint events, in­clud­ing a Year of Friendly Ex­changes, sis­ter-

city re­la­tion­ships and com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 60th an­niver­sary of the Panchsheel, it said. “The seed of friend­ship sown to­day will bear fruit in com­ing gen­er­a­tions. Such long-term ini­tia­tives demon­strate the vi­sion and wis­dom that the two an­cient cul­tures share in build­ing their fu­ture in a chang­ing world,” it said. “The all-round im­prove­ment in po­lit­i­cal trust, prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion and people-topeo­ple con­tact cast light on the prospect of Chi­naIn­dia re­la­tions - the two most dy­namic economies in the world roll ahead side by side at a more co­or­di­nated pace and in con­struc­tive com­pe­ti­tion. And a peace­ful, co­op­er­a­tive China-In­dia re­la­tion­ship is a bliss for Asian resur­gence and global pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity,” it said. “And they do have the po­ten­tial for suc­cess. In 1954, the prime min­is­ters of China and In­dia is­sued a joint dec­la­ra­tion to of­fi­cially des­ig­nate the Five Prin­ci­ples of Peace­ful Co­ex­is­tence (Panchsheel) as guide­lines for bi­lat­eral re­la­tions. These prin­ci­ples have been widely recog­nised as norms of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions over the past six decades,” the com­men­tary added.

In­dia and China bury the hatchet, fo­cus on trade

In­dian and Chi­nese lead­ers have played down their re­cent bor­der dis­pute and other ten­sions and promised to work to­gether to­wards re­gional sta­bil­ity and eco­nomic growth. At the end of for­mal talks be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh and his coun­ter­part Li Ke­qian, In­dia and China signed eight bi­lat­eral agree­ments, in­clud­ing key pacts in trans-bor­der river man­age­ment and trade on Mon­day, May 20. The Chi­nese pre­mier, who is on his first over­seas trip since tak­ing of­fice, held his first round of talks with Singh. His visit comes just af­ter a re­cent flare up of ten­sion in dis­puted ter­ri­tory on the shared bor­der. Both sides re­sorted to ag­gres­sive pos­tur­ing when a hand­ful of People’s Lib­er­a­tion Army soldiers set up camp on a re­mote spot 18 kilo­me­ters into the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBG) sec­tor of Ladakh in Jammu and Kash­mir, which In­dia re­gards as its side of the Line of Ac­tual Con­trol (LAC). The is­sue was fi­nally re­solved af­ter much saber-rat­tling.

Build­ing trust

An In­dian army sol­dier guards the Sri­na­gar-Leh high­way in Zo­jila Pass about 108 kms, 67 miles, east of Sri­na­gar on April 6, 2013. The April con­flict was swept un­der the rug for

high-level talks. Play­ing down the event, Man­mo­han Singh said de­spite dif­fer­ences in the past, both coun­tries shared a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship. “We have had our dif­fer­ences in more re­cent times but have built a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship. The ba­sis for con­tin­ued growth is peace on our borders. While seek­ing early res­o­lu­tion of bor­der, peace must be pre­served,” the Prime Min­is­ter said at a joint press con­fer­ence. Sim­i­larly, Li said, “We do not deny there are prob­lems be­tween the two sides. Both be­lieve that with re­gard to the boundary, both have kept peace in the bor­der ar­eas. We are friendly neigh­bors and will do noth­ing that will dam­age the in­ter­est of the other side. With­out com­mon de­vel­op­ment of In­dia and China, Asia will not be­come strong and the world will not be a bet­ter place.” “World peace can­not be a re­al­ity with­out strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween In­dia and China. On the ba­sis of mu­tual un­der­stand­ing, we can pro­mote a healthy and sound re­la­tion­ship,” Li added.

Trade over ter­ri­tory

Dur­ing talks, both lead­ers agreed on a roadmap to reach a “dy­namic bal­ance” in bi­lat­eral trade and also agreed to “con­sider the po­ten­tial for a bi­lat­eral Re­gional Trade Ar­range­ment.” Eco­nom­ics took pri­or­ity over the ter­ri­to­rial dis­pute, ac­cord­ing to Srikanth Kon­da­palli, pro­fes­sor in Chi­nese stud­ies at Delhi’s Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity, be­cause the in­ten­si­fy­ing euro zone and global fi­nan­cial crises meant it was nec­es­sary for Li to “di­ver­sify mar­kets to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia.” Li Ke­qiang ar­rived in In­dia for a three­day visit on Sun­day “China’s econ­omy has de­clined in the last few years from dou­ble-digit growth rates to about seven per­cent last year,” he told DW. China is now In­dia’s largest trad­ing part­ner and some an­a­lysts say fo­cus­ing on that will be ben­e­fi­cial to bi­lat­eral re­la­tions. “The fact that this trip has hap­pened is im­por­tant. It is a vic­tory of the diplo­matic and po­lit­i­cal over­tures and will pro­pel ties de­spite the ir­ri­tants that ex­ist,” Alka Acharya, a China ex­pert at the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity in New Delhi, told DW. “We have to take com­fort from the pos­i­tives of this visit and move ahead. This is a regime change in China and we have to ad­vance ties.” Li is head­ing an 80-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion that in­cludes For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi. He vis­ited Mum­bai be­fore con­tin­u­ing on to Pak­istan, Switzer­land and Ger­many.

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Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh and Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping shake hands dur­ing a meet­ing in Bei­jing

Chi­nese Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang (L) and In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh

H.E. Mr. Ashok K. Kan­tha, Am­bas­sador of In­dia to China

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