‘China keen to grow closer ties with India’, Xi Jinping says on BRICS platform
Johannesburg, July 27: Chinese President Xi Jinping, who visited Johannesburg to attend the 10th summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), said on Thursday, July 26, that his country is willing to consolidate and grow closer development partnership with India, Xinhua reported.
Xi made the remarks while meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. It was their third meeting in three months - after the informal summit in Wuhan and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Qindao - both in China.
"We have provided a top-level design for bilateral ties in a macroscopic perspective and a timely fashion, which is conducive to mobilizing the positive elements of all sectors in both countries and uniting the wills of the 2.6 billion people of the two countries, so as to form a force that would push bilateral ties into the future," Xinhua quotes Xi as saying.
He said China was willing to work with India to carry on with the positive vibes that their bilateral relations saw since the informal meeting in Wuhan in April. It was the first major meeting between the leaderships of the two countries since the 73-day standoff in Doklam last year.
Xi also asked both the neighbours to improve their strategic communication, better mutual trust and promote practical cooperation and also focus on soft aspects like cultural and people-to-people contacts.
Both China and India are countries of ancient civilizations, and have made important contributions to the advancement of human civilization, Xinhua cited Xi as saying.
Highlighting their third meeting in as many months, Modi said it only showed that the two neighbours were enjoying a high-level bilateral relationship.
The Indian side is ready to keep close dialogue and communication with the Chinese side, deepen cooperation in various fields, properly address differences, strengthen cooperation within a multilateral framework, and jointly handle such challenges facing developing countries and emerging market countries as protectionism and global market fluctuations to advance their closer development partnership, Xinhua cited the Indian prime minister as saying.