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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India

2017/09/05

On September 5, 2017, President Xi Jinping met in Xiamen with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, who was in China for the ninth BRICS Summit and the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries.

Xi Jinping stressed that as each other's important neighboring countries, China and India are two largest developing countries and emerging market economies. The sound and stable China-India relations conform to the fundamental interests of both peoples and are common expectation of the region and the international community. In recent years, both leaders have reached extensive consensus on developing China-India relations, agreed to build a closer development partnership, and made clear the long-term goal of bilateral relations. Relations between both countries have continuously achieved long-term development on the basis of sticking to this position. On the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence jointly initiated by both sides, China is willing to, together with India, improve political mutual trust, promote mutually beneficial cooperation, and push China-Indian relations for development along the right track.

Xi Jinping pointed out that both countries should insist on basic judgment of seeing each other as development opportunities but not threats. It is hoped that India could view China's development in a correct and rational manner. The two countries need to show the world that the only correct choice between China and India is to live together in peace and enjoy win-win cooperation. The two sides should maintain mutual respect, seek common ground while shelving differences, and safeguard peace and tranquility in border areas. China and India have great cooperative potential in economic and social development. Both sides should enhance synergy in development strategies, expand cooperation in infrastructure construction, connectivity and other fields, and strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges as well as communication and coordination in international affairs, in a bid to promote international order toward a more just and reasonable direction. China is ready to work with BRICS countries to well implement the results of the Xiamen Summit, and jointly open up a new situation of BRICS cooperation.

Narendra Modi congratulated on a complete success of the BRICS Xiamen Summit, and said that the meetings are very important to enhance BRICS cooperation under the current situation. India stands ready to make joint efforts with China to ensure a stable development of bilateral relations. He hoped both leaders to maintain close communication and play leading roles in the development of bilateral relations. Both sides should not regard each other as opponents, but make cooperation become a mainstream of bilateral relations. The two sides need to enhance political mutual trust, expand practical cooperation, deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and make joint efforts to safeguard peace and tranquility in border areas. India is willing to strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs with China.

Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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