Wang Yi: Leaders of China and India Will Conduct Overall, Long-term and Strategic Communication

On April 22, 2018, when jointly meeting the press with visiting Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj of India, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced that President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will hold an informal meeting from April 27 to 28 in Wuhan, Hubei Province. The leaders of the two countries will conduct strategic communication on the great changes of the current world that have never been seen in the past hundred years, and exchange in-depth views on the overall, long-term and strategic issues regarding the future development of bilateral relations.

Wang Yi pointed out that the world landscape has been undergoing profound evolution. China and India have developed rapidly at the same time, which will promote the balance of international powers in a more balanced direction as well as a more robust momentum of peace. Both as ancient civilizations, China and India are important neighboring countries to each other and major developing countries with more than 1 billion people. The development of the two countries is not only the prosperity and progress for the one third of the world population, but also the great process that has never been seen in the history of human civilization. The two countries are natural cooperative partners that share far more common interests than differences. Everlasting friendship, mutually beneficial cooperation and common development are inevitable choices for the two countries.

Wang Yi expressed that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, and India is at a crucial stage of development and rejuvenation. Against such a background, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to hold this informal meeting. It will deepen mutual trust between the leaders of the two countries, make strategic judgment on the world landscape and China-India relations, guide bilateral relations to grasp the general direction, set new goals and break new ground. It will not only benefit the two countries and the two peoples, but also exert significant and positive influence on regional and world peace and development.

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