Remarks on CPIFA-ICWA 6th Bilateral Dialogue

By H.E. Mr. Sun Weidong, Chinese Ambassador to India

Nov. 7th, 2019


Your Excellency Amb. Dr. T.C.A. Raghavan

Your Excellency Amb. Yang Yanyi,

Distinguished Researchers, Ladies and Gentlemen!

I am delighted to attend today’s 6th Bilateral Dialogue on China-India relations and would like extend warm congratulations to Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) and Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA). I hope that today’s dialogue would further strengthen understanding between our two think tanks and contribute more insightful views to the growth of China-India relations.

Today’s dialogue is held in an important context. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully held the Second Informal meeting in Chennai last month. The two leaders had an in-depth communication on the development of bilateral relations as well as overall, long-term and strategic issues with international and regional significance, achieving important results.

First, strengthen in-depth strategic communication. As the two most populous developing countries and major emerging economies, China and India are both at a crucial stage of national development and national renewal, and thus enjoy huge cooperation potential and space. China and India should be good neighbors living in harmony and good partners moving forward hand in hand. The two countries should help each other to accomplish their respective goals, "brighten up" each other, and materialize the scenario of "dragon and elephant dancing together". This is the only correct choice for China and India.

Second, promote win-win cooperation in various fields. The two leaders decided to establish a high-level economic and trade dialogue mechanism, strengthen alignment of economic development strategies, explore the establishment of a "manufacturing partnership" and promote balanced and sustainable growth of bilateral trade. They agreed to expand China-India plus cooperation and advance regional connectivity. The two sides agreed to strengthen coordination within the framework of multilateral mechanisms such as the G20, BRICS, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and uphold multilateralism and the multilateral trading system.

Third, promote exchanges and mutual learning between the Chinese and Indian civilizations. The two sides agreed to conduct exchanges and mutual learning in a wider range of areas and at a deeper level, make the "Year of China-India Cultural and People-to-People Exchange" in 2020 a success and hold 70 activities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of China-India diplomatic relations. Fujian province and Quanzhou city of China will enter into sister province/city relations with Tamil Nadu and Chennai of India. The two sides will explore research on maritime exchanges between China and India.

As two big neighbors, China and India may also have some differences. The two leaders stressed that the two sides should respect each other's core interests, seek mutual understanding, properly manage and address differences and not turn differences into disputes. The two sides agreed to maintain communication on major and sensitive issues, and seek proper solutions through dialogues and consultation.

Looking into the future, we need to earnestly implement the outcomes of the Chennai meeting. We need to follow the guidance of the two leaders and ensure that the consensus is precisely transmitted and implemented at all levels. We should go beyond the model of managing differences, actively shape bilateral relations so as to accumulate positive energy. We should enhance exchanges and cooperation, promote convergence of interests and open up new prospects for China-India cooperation. In this regard, China's provinces, think tanks and media have taken actions. Recently, a number of delegations have come to India to coordinate with their India counterparts on follow-up work. The Chinese Embassy in India will fully facilitate and support these visits and exchanges.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Dialogue and consultation between China and India at all levels are not only necessary for the development of China-India relations, but also a logical choice for China and India to jointly cope with the profound changes in the world unseen in a century. Today, the collective rise of emerging markets and developing countries, represented by China and India, is changing the international landscape as never before. China is ready to work together with India to build a peaceful, secure and prosperous world, uphold and promote an inclusive international order based on international law, and advance reforms that reflect the new world architecture in the 21st century. At the same time, we need to tackle those challenges as unilateralism, trade protectionism, climate change, sustainable development and terrorism together. China and India are two great civilizations. They contain ancient and profound wisdom, which can provide inspiration for solving various challenges the world is facing today.

Dialogue is important for both of us. Firstly, dialogue is the natural need of human beings. Dialogue and communication embody the attitude of "mutual respect and equality" and the desire to "face up to differences and solve problems". President Xi pointed out that as long as we treat each other as equals and have mutual understanding, there won’t be any problem that cannot be solved. Secondly, dialogue provides a channel for all parties to express their opinions and listen to each other's concerns, thus building a bridge to enhance mutual trust and friendship, and remove misgivings and misunderstanding. Thirdly, dialogue also represents a trend of the times. The world is moving towards multipolarization, economic globalization, application of information technologies and cultural diversity. Candid dialogue and in-depth exchange of opinions between China and India reflect mutual learning and harmonious coexistence of our two great civilizations and are conducive to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

As two of the most influential and well-known think tanks, as well as important advisory bodies under the foreign ministries, the CPIFA and ICWA have played an active role in strengthening ties between think tanks of both countries, expanding people-to-people exchanges and promoting friendly cooperation. I sincerely look forward to your input, wisdom and contributions on the implementation of the outcomes of the Chennai Informal Summit and the further development of China-India relations through this dialogue.

With these words, I wish this dialogue a complete success. Thank you!

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