President Xi Jinping Exchanges Messages of Felicitations with President Ram Nath Kovind on the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and India

On April 1, 2020, H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China and H.E. Ram Nath Kovind, President of the Republic of India, exchanged messages of felicitations to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

President Xi Jinping noted in his message that China-India relations have travelled a remarkable journey in the last seven decades. Thanks to the joint efforts of both sides, our two countries have established a Strategic and Cooperative Partnership for Peace and Prosperity and are working to build a Closer Developmental Partnership. Our two countries are enjoying deeper exchanges and cooperation across the board and growing coordination in major international and regional affairs.

China-India relations have now reached a new starting point with new opportunities to be grasped. I place great importance on this partnership and am ready to work with President Kovind to take it to a new level. A stronger China-India relationship will bring more benefits to our two countries and peoples and contribute more positive energy to Asia and the world at large.

President Kovind stated in his message that over the last 70 years, India-China relations have substantially expanded. We have made considerable progress especially in the last few years in enhancing our bilateral engagement in a number of areas, including political, economic and people-to-people ties. As two ancient civilizations, neighboring countries as well as large emerging economies, good relations between India and China are not only in our mutual interest but also important for peace and prosperity of the world at large. We, in India, look forward to furthering our relationship with China and working together to broaden and deepen our Closer Development Partnership.

On the same day, H.E. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, also exchanged messages of felicitations with H.E. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India. Premier Li Keqiang stated that a relationship defined by friendship, cooperation and mutual benefit will serve the fundamental interests of both countries and peoples, and benefit Asia and the world at large. China is ready to joint hands with India to build on the momentum created by this 70th anniversary to work for new progress in our strategic and cooperative partnership. Prime Minister Modi stated that over the past 70 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, India-China political, economic and cultural relations have expanded steadily. India and China should strengthen coordination and mutual solidarity, and jointly tackle the challenges faced by the world.

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