On July 14 local time, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Xi Jinping said that as two biggest developing countries and emerging markets, both China and India are in a great historical process of realizing national rejuvenation; thus, what the two countries value most is peace and development, and the ideals and goals of the two countries are linked closely. Both China and India are important poles in the world and share a number of strategic integrating points. If China and India speak with one voice, the whole world will listen; and if China and India join hands in cooperation, the whole world will watch. Whether from a bilateral, regional or global perspective, China and India are long-term strategic cooperative partners instead of competing adversaries. It meets our greatest common interest to join hands to realize peaceful development, cooperative development and inclusive development so as to provide a better life for the 2.5 billion people of the two countries and to fortify strength of peace and development for the region and the world at large. I am willing to join hands with Prime Minister Modi to constantly push China-India strategic cooperative partnership to higher levels and jointly safeguard the period of our strategic opportunities as well as peace and stability in Asia and the world at large.
Modi said that after he assumed office as the Prime Minister, President Xi Jinping sent Foreign Minister Wang Yi to visit India right away as a special envoy, which embodies the great importance China attaches to developing the bilateral relations. Recently, India, China and Myanmar co-hosted the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the release of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, and the important speech President Xi Jinping delivered impressed him deeply. During his term as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he paid a number of visits to China and had a personal experience of the Chinese people's affection toward the Indian people. The new Indian government under his leadership is willing to deepen India-China friendly cooperative relations, which is of great importance to India. He is willing to maintain close and good working contacts with President Xi Jinping, and welcomes President Xi Jinping to pay a state visit to India in the near future. He is willing to visit China at his convenience. Both India and China are ancient civilizations which share a time-honored history in cultural exchanges. The two nations are actually one mind with two bodies, so they should promote mutual understanding, give full play to their wisdom, jointly carry forward the spirit of peace and inclusiveness in the international community, and work together to handle the global issues and challenges. The harmonious co-existence and common growth of India and China is a significant contribution to the world and mankind.
Xi Jinping stressed that China and India should enhance exchanges, and said that I expect to pay a visit to India in the near future and welcome Prime Minister Modi to visit China at an early date. The two sides should connect their respective development strategies, establish a closer development partnership, expand friendly exchanges in fields such as culture, education, religion and youth, forge a batch of demonstration projects in areas such as infrastructure construction like railways and industrial investment, broaden cooperation in fields such as service trade, investment and tourism, gradually realize a general balance and sustainable development of bilateral trade, and push forward the construction of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor to lead forward the process of regional economic integration. China and India should strengthen cooperation in multilateral fields, and jointly participate in the formulation of international rules so as to strengthen the voice of the developing countries. China welcomes India to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member. Both sides should control and handle differences in an active and forward-looking attitude, and find fair and reasonable solutions to the boundary issues acceptable to both sides as soon as possible through friendly consultations. Prior to the final settlement, both sides should jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas.
Modi said that the new Indian government is more committed to economic construction, and hopes to learn from China's successful experience, expand bilateral exchanges and cooperation in fields such as economy, trade, people-to-people and cultural engagement, tourism, education and personnel training. India welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in India's infrastructure construction such as railways and build industrial parks in India. India is now actively considering joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. India is willing to continue to peacefully solve the boundary issues between the two countries in a manner of friendly consultation through the existing mechanisms. India and China should strengthen coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs so as to jointly promote peace, development and prosperity in Asia and the world.
Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.