China-India ties making remarkable progress: Chinese Foreign Minister

New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Aug 13, 2016, 09:05 PM(IST)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi earlier met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday. Photograph:( Reuters )

China is ready to build a closer partnership with India, and enhance pragmatic cooperation in all fields, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj during their meeting in New Delhi on Saturday.

Wang positively reviewed the development of China-India ties, which he said have been making remarkable and comprehensive headway in recent years thanks to joint efforts by both sides.

The leaders of the two countries have maintained close exchanges in visits and communication, the dialogue mechanism between the two governments has been ever increasing and perfecting, the complementariness of the two economies has been further tapped, and a win-win cooperation pattern is taking shape, Wang noted.

The two peoples have enhanced understanding and friendship through more trade and cultural exchanges, and communication, he added.

The two sides have strengthened strategic dialogue on major international issues such as climate change and global action and safeguarded the common interests of emerging markets and developing countries.

China and India are strategic partners, and China is ready to work with India to master the general course for the development of ties, build a closer development partnership, and expand their all-around pragmatic cooperation, Wang said.

China will strengthen communication and coordination with India to render both the upcoming Group of 20 (G20) summit in China's Hangzhou and BRICS summit in the Indian state of Goa successful, and thus elevate the status and role of emerging economies in the world arena, Wang said.

The two sides will enhance cooperation in fields such as railway and industrial park construction, security, anti-terrorism and anti-extremism, expand communication and exchanges in education and tourism, facilitate more exchanges among regional governments of both countries, and jointly safeguard their common interests as well as those of all developing countries, Wang said.

Wang said that the two countries have more common interests than differences, more needs for cooperation than competition while expressing confidence that the two sides can hold onto the general direction of ties, and refrain from allowing difference over single issues to confuse the general cooperation.

Swaraj said that India has good prospects in the development of India-China relations, and has taken a series of measures to encourage Chinese investors and promote bilateral engagement, so as to foster the further development of ties.

The two sides have good coordination on regional and international issues, she said, adding that India attaches great importance to relations with China, and is ready to strengthen the ties in various fields, increase humanitarian exchanges, and appropriately handle existing problems with patience to inject new vitality into the bilateral ties.

The two diplomats also exchanged views on specific issues on bilateral ties, as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern, such as the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the Brexit.

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