|Indian Vice President Naidu Meets Wang Yi|
On December 21, Vice President and Ex-officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha of India Venkaiah Naidu met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in New Delhi.
Naidu congratulated the positive progress made in the 22nd meeting of Special Representatives of India and China. Naidu said, India-China friendship has a long history. Both countries are ancient civilizations, and are the two most populous countries in the world. They are also the two fastest-growing emerging economies. Leaders of India and China reached an important consensus that we should deal with differences and sensitive issues well, and not allow differences to rise into disputes. The Indian side is willing to take the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries as an opportunity to strengthen high-level exchanges, deepen pragmatic cooperation, strengthen people-to-people exchanges, and push India-China relations to a new level. India pursues a good-neighborly foreign policy, and is willing to work with China to safeguard regional and world peace and stability.
Wang Yi said, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi successfully held their second Informal Summit in Chennai, which pointed out the direction for the development of Sino-Indian relations and reached an important consensus on the proper settlement of the border issue. Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and India, and our bilateral relations are facing new opportunities for development. Both sides have agreed and announced 70 commemorative events. The next step is to take the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, so as to consolidate the social foundation of the friendship between the two countries.
Wang Yi said, this round of meeting is aimed at implementing the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, review the cooperation between the two countries in various fields, and plan our bilateral relations next year. According to the political parameters and guiding principles for the settlement of the India-China boundary question, China has put forward a practical framework for solving the boundary question, to which the Indian side has attached importance. The two sides also reached a series of consensus on strengthening confidence building measures (CBMs) in the border areas and cooperation in the border areas.
On the same day, Wang Yi also held the 22nd meeting of the Special Representatives of China and India with Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval in New Delhi.