On June 28, Indian Ministry of External Affairs held a function to release special cover to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Panchsheel (Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence). Ambassador Hua Junduo was invited to attend the function. Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh hosted the function and delivered a speech.
The Minister pointed out that the quintessence of Panchsheel was rooted in the cultural traditions of India and China, two of the world's most ancient civilizations. It also provided the framework for developing new methods of international interface while allowing countries to maintain their national identity, spirit and character. Mr. Singh spoke highly of India-China ties. He noted that India-China relations were in the process of further diversification and development. The two countries agreed at the highest level to move ahead in diverse areas of cooperation.
Mr. Natwar Singh also expressed that during his meeting with his Chinese counterpart Mr. Li Zhaoxing on the sidelines of the Third Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) in Qingdao, Foreign Minister Li conveyed China's desire to work with India to develop deeper relations. Mr. Singh told Mr. Li that India's new government would continue the process of normalizing, strengthening and expanding their relations with China.
The special cover was released in the presence of 300 people including the former President of India K. R. Narayanan, the Communications and IT Minister, Culture, Information & Broadcast Minister, Home Minister, Human Resource Development Minister, Chief Minister of Delhi, Delhi Lieutenant Governor, External Affairs Ministry officials and diplomatic envoys to India. After the release of the special cover, Mr. Natwar Singh presented every guest with a special cover and an album with 12 precious pictures symbolizing Indo-China friendship. Mr. Singh held Ambassador Hua's hands tightly and had a warm and friendly talk with him.