Hamid Ansari's visit of great significance to bilateral ties: China

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Beijing, Jun 20: China on Friday said Vice President Hamid Ansari's visit next week to take part in the 60th anniversary of 'Panchsheel' is of great significance to bilateral ties as it is the first trip to the country by a top leader under the new Indian government.

"China attaches great importance to the visit by Indian Vice President, Ansari," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a media briefing while announcing Ansari's four-day visit from June 27.

"This is a first visit by an Indian leader since the swearing of the new government this May. We believe this visit is of great significance to the growth of China-India relationship under the new circumstances," she said.

China is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Panchsheel, the five principles for peaceful coexistence, for two days in which Chinese President Xi Jinping, his Myanmar counterpart U Thein Sein besides Ansari will take part. Xi will attend the commemoration on June 28 and Premier Li Keqiang will attend the commemoration reception on June 29, Hua said.

Panchsheel was jointly initiated in 1954 by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru along with his then Chinese counterpart Zhou Enlai and the then leadership of Myanmar. "In the following 60 years, the five principles of the peaceful coexistence withstood the test of the vicissitudes, becoming widely accepted in the basic norms of governance of international relations," Hua said.

"Today it still plays an important role in safeguarding the world peace and development," she said referring to the five principles for peaceful coexistence. These five principles are, mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty; mutual non-aggression; mutual non-interference in each other's internal affairs; equality and cooperation for mutual benefit and; peaceful coexistence.

"The joint attendance by leaders of the three countries to relevant commemorative activities demonstrates the resolve of the three countries to carry forward the five principles and stay committed to realisation of peace and development in the new era," Hua said.

"We believe with the considered efforts of the three countries, the relevant activities will be a full success," she said.

Ansari's trip was finalised during the recent visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to New Delhi to establish contacts with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials of the new government.


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