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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India

2019-06-13

On June 13, 2019 local time, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India in Bishkek.

Xi Jinping congratulated Narendra Modi again on his re-election as Prime Minister of India. Xi Jinping pointed that China and India are the world's only two emerging economies that boast a population of more than 1 billion respectively, and are both at a crucial stage of rapid development. Cooperation between the two countries can not only boost their respective development, but will also contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and the world at large. Mr. Prime Minister and I held a meeting last year in Wuhan, leading China-India relations onto a new stage. The Chinese side is willing to join the Indian side to make continuous efforts in promoting a closer development partnership between the two sides.

Xi Jinping stressed that the two sides should stick to the fundamental judgment that China and India offer to each other chances for development, and do not pose each other threats, and called on the two countries to keep deepening mutual trust, focusing on cooperation, and properly handling disputes so as to turn bilateral relations into a positive property and energy for their respective development. The two countries need to constantly broaden the channels for cooperation, conduct cooperation in such areas as investment, production capacity and tourism, make a bigger cake of common interests, and jointly promote regional inter-connectivity, including the construction of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, in a bid to better boost development through cooperation and common development. The two sides should make good use of such mechanisms as meetings between the two countries' special representatives on the boundary issue, and enhance trust-building measures so as to preserve stability in border areas. As important representatives of developing countries and emerging market economies, China and India need to come together to safeguard free trade and multilateralism, and protect the legitimate development rights of developing countries.

Narendra Modi expressed that I appreciate President Xi Jinping for congratulating me again on my re-election as Prime Minister of India. My meeting with President Xi Jinping last year in Wuhan was very successful, which has helped achieve new progress in bilateral relations. The Indian side is ready to work with the Chinese side to intensify high-level exchanges, strengthen strategic communication, promote bilateral relations in broad areas, explore new sectors for bilateral cooperation, and properly handle differences. As next year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, both sides need to make a good plan for celebration activities to step up people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the meeting.

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