Xi Jinping and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind Exchange Congratulatory Messages on the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of China-India Diplomatic Relations
Li Keqiang and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Exchange Congratulatory Messages

On April 1, 2020, President Xi Jinping and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind exchanged congratulatory messages, warmly congratulating on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of China-India diplomatic relations.

In his message, Xi Jinping pointed out, China-India relations have experienced extraordinary development during the past 70 years. With joint efforts of both sides, the two countries have established a strategic cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity, and are endeavoring to build an even closer partnership of development. The two sides enjoy increasingly deepening bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and constantly enhancing coordination on important regional and international affairs. China-India relations are now standing at a new starting point and facing new opportunities. I attach great importance to the development of bilateral relations and am willing to work with President Ram Nath Kovind to elevate China-India relations to a higher level, so as to bring more benefits to the two countries and peoples and contribute more positive energy to Asia as well as the world.

Ram Nath Kovind said in his message, India-China relations have achieved substantive development in the past 70 years, with bilateral linkages increasingly strengthened in such fields as politics, economy and people-to-people and cultural exchanges. India and China are neighboring countries, and both are ancient civilizations and major emerging economies. Keeping a good relationship is in line with both countries' interests and of great importance to regional and even global peace and prosperity. The Indian side is ready to work with the Chinese side to expand and deepen the closer partnership of development.

On the same day, Premier Li Keqiang also exchanged congratulatory messages with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Li Keqiang said, friendly cooperation and mutual benefit accord with the fundamental interests of both countries and our peoples, and also benefit Asia and the world. The Chinese side is willing to work with the Indian side, taking the 70th anniversary as an opportunity, to continue to push for new achievements in China-India strategic cooperative partnership. Narendra Modi said, over the past 70 years since the establishment of India-China diplomatic relations, bilateral relations in such areas as politics, economy and people-to-people and cultural exchanges have achieved stable development. The two countries should strengthen coordination and solidarity and address global challenges together.

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