China-India relations in a new starting point, facing new opportunities: Xi Jinping

BEIJING: China-India relations are at a new starting point and face new opportunities, Chinese president Xi Jinping he said Wednesday, exchanging congratulatory messages with his Indian counterpart on the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

On April 1, 1950, India became the first non-socialist country in Asia to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.

In his message to Kovind, Xi said that China-India relations have undergone extraordinary development over the past 70 years.

With the joint efforts of both sides, the two countries have established a strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity, and are striving to build an even closer development partnership, he said.

The two sides increasingly enjoy intense bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and constantly improve coordination on important regional and international issues, Xi, who held two informal summits with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Wuhan and later in Mamallapuram in 2018 and 2019, which stabilized bilateral relations, he said.

Xi said he attaches great importance to developing bilateral relations with India and is willing to work with President Kovind to raise ties between China and India to a higher level, in order to bring more benefits to the two countries and contribute to more positive energy to Asia. as well as the world, the state news agency Xinhua reported.

President Kovind, in his letter to his Chinese counterpart Xi, 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.

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.

In his message to Prime Minister Modi, the Chinese Prime Minister said that friendly cooperation and mutual benefit serve the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples and will benefit Asia and the world.

China is ready to work with India to take advantage of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties to boost new achievements in the China-India strategic cooperation partnership, said a press release issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Modi, in his message to Li, said that the coravirus pandemic is a reminder of the interconnected nature of the world and the need to adopt a global response.

Modi 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.