Ambassador Luo Zhaohui attends Seminar on "Post Dong Lang: The Future Direction of China-India Relations"

On September 21st, Ambassador Luo Zhaohui attended seminar on “Post Dong Lang: The Future Direction of Sino-India Relations. The seminar is hosted by Embassy of China in India. Mr. Tarun Vijay, former Member of Rajya Sabha, Lt Gen Arvinder Lamba, former Vice Chief of Army Staff, Ambassador Ashok Kantha, Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Dr. Raja Mohan, Director of Carnegie India, Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, and Brig (Retd.) Vinod Anand, Senior Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation joined the seminar. Minister Liu Jinsong, Minister Counselor Li Bijian, Political Counselor Li Ya and Counselor Zhou Yuyun also attended.

In the keynote speech, Ambassador Luo briefed some details on the bilateral meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Xiamen, which is the first after the Dong Lang stand-off and has attracted the attention of various parties. The key messages are reconciliation and cooperation. Both leaders agreed to look forward and start a new chapter for bilateral relations. President Xi emphasized that both sides need to adhere to the basic judgment that we should be development opportunities to each other rather than be threats. The dragon and the elephant should dance together rather than rival with each other. Prime Minister Modi shared the same idea and believes that the political effects of "making one plus one eleven" can be achieved in China-India relations.

The Indian participants thanked the Chinese Embassy for hosting this Seminar at a time when future direction of China-India relations has attracted the attention of various parties after the Dong Lang stand-off. Ambassador Luo’s speech would help them to understand current bilateral relations in a comprehensive way. All the scholars contributed advice and suggestions to the future development of China-India relations, and appreciated the successful resolution of Dong Lang stand-off which shows our two countries’ wisdom and maturity. Both sides should properly manage differences, focus on cooperation, and push the development of our bilateral relations back to its right track.

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