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Xi Jinping Meets with Special Envoy to the Indian Prime Minister

2014/09/09

On September 9, 2014, President Xi Jinping met at the Great Hall of the People with Special Envoy to the Prime Minister and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval of India.

Doval conveyed the message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to President Xi Jinping. Modi said in his message that being each other's neighbor, India and China are both major countries in terms of population and at the same time the two largest emerging economies. Both countries could benefit each other's development and significantly contribute to regional and global prosperity by enhancing cooperation in a peaceful and friendly atmosphere. He believes that President Xi Jinping's upcoming state visit to India will surely deepen mutual understanding, friendship and trust between the two countries, injecting new vitality and connotation into the bilateral cooperation and becoming another important milestone in the development course of India-China relations.

Doval expressed that the Indian government and people warmly welcome and are looking forward to President Xi Jinping's visit. India will work together with China making considerate preparation to ensure the success of the visit and promote India-China relations to a new high.

Xi Jinping pointed out that on the occasion of my upcoming state visit to India, Prime Minister Modi sent you to visit China as his special envoy, which not only embodies the high attention paid by Prime Minister Modi and the Indian government to my visit this time and to China-India relations, but also sends a positive signal to the outside world. I appreciate this.

Xi Jinping stressed that both as major developing countries and emerging economies, China and India are now at a vital stage of their respective national rejuvenation. The two countries enjoy time-honored friendly exchanges. Developing China-India relations is the common aspiration of both peoples and boasts broad prospect. During our attendance at the BRICS Summit in Brazil this July, Prime Minister Modi and I met for the first time, and I felt like meeting an old friend. Prime Minister Modi and I had nice talks and reached multiple consensuses. We both believe that China-India relations are of highly strategic character and the bilateral cooperation not only conduces to each other's development and revitalization, benefiting the two countries and peoples, but also brings benefit to Asia and the world at large. I am looking forward to my visit to India in a few days and having another meeting with Prime Minister Modi, to jointly discuss major plans for cooperation and development, enhance mutual understanding and mutual trust, expand and deepen practical cooperation and promote the bilateral relations for new and greater development.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi attended the meeting.

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