Covid-19 reminder of the world's interconnected nature, need for a global response: PM Modi to the Chinese counterpart

NEW DELHI: The pandemic is a reminder of the world's interconnected nature and the need for a global response, Prime Minister Narendra Modi He said in a message to his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on Wednesday.

Modi, in the message to Li marking 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and China, also said that good bilateral relations are conducive not only for the two countries, but also important from the perspective of peace, stability and prosperity. of the region and the world.

Congratulatory messages were exchanged between the presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers of India and China on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The president, in a letter to his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, conveyed warm greetings, congratulations, and good wishes to the Chinese government and people.

He noted that the two sides have made considerable progress, especially in recent years, in improving their bilateral engagement in a number of areas, including political, economic and person-to-person ties, according to the MEA.

In his message to Li, Modi stated that India and China are two ancient civilizations, with a long history of mutually beneficial exchanges for centuries.

Today we are two large developing countries and emerging economies that increasingly play an important role on the world scene. As such, good relations between India and China are conducive not only to our respective countries, but are also important from the perspective of peace, stability and prosperity in our region and the world, Modi said in the statement.

The Prime Minister also noted that the Covid-19 pandemic reminded us of the interconnected nature of our world today and the need to adopt a truly global response.

Modi said he looked forward to working with the Chinese prime minister to further deepen and strengthen the close development partnership and take it to even higher levels in the years to come.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, in his letter to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, said that in the past seven decades, relations between India and China have expanded substantially and become increasingly diverse and multifaceted.

He said that due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the two sides have been unable to carry out the various activities that had been planned to celebrate this historic anniversary.

However, we must continue to work cooperatively in the coming months and, once we and the world can control the Covid-19 outbreak, celebrate this milestone in a way that properly reflects its importance and the common aspirations of our two peoples, He said. Jaishankar.

The two sides are working together to jointly design a logo to mark these celebrations, the MEA said.