Ambassador Sun Weidong meets with Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary of India

On February 7, Ambassador Sun Weidong met with Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary of India. They exchanged views on China-India relations, especially bilateral coordination and cooperation on combat against the novel coronavirus pneumonia.

Ambassador Sun said that China and India are ancient civilizations and the only two emerging countries with over one billion population in the world, both of which are at an important stage of development. China-India relations go far beyond the bilateral scope and are of regional and global significance. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and India and the "Year of China-India Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges". Both sides should maintain high-level exchanges, strengthen institutional cooperation, hold celebration events and properly handle sensitive issues. Ambassador Sun briefed on the latest progress in the fight against the epidemic, saying that the World Health Organization highly appreciates China's efforts and does not recommend or even oppose any travel or trade restrictions. As neighbors, he said, we hope that India will make an objective, fair, calm and rational assessment of the epidemic and continue to understand and support China's efforts to combat the epidemic.

Shringla said the two leaders have held two Informal Summits successively, marking an important milestone in India-China relations. This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and China. The two sides should make preparations for a series of celebrations, maintain high-level and institutional exchanges, keep the momentum of trade and investment, conduct more people-to-people exchanges and properly handle differences. He conveyed appreciation to the Chinese Government for the departure of Indians from Wuhan, and expressed willingness to cooperate with the Chinese side to deal with the outbreak.

Mr. Li Ya, Political Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy and Dr. Amit Telang, Director of the East Asia Division, Ministry of External Affairs, were present at the meeting.

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