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China, India to boost mutual support over summits

By Xinhua

China, India to boost mutual support over summits
In this photograph received from the Press Information Bureau (PIB) on Augu 13, 2016, Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi (left ) meets with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Aug 13, 2016. ( AFP PHOTO / PIB / LALIT KUMAR)

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met here Saturday with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the two sides agreed to strengthen mutual support over the successful organization of the upcoming G20 and BRICS summits.

The Indian prime minister said his country and China need to boost communications and mutual support to ensure successes for the G20 summit scheduled next month in China's city of Hangzhou as well as the BRICS summit to be held in the Indian state of Goa in October.

Modi said he cherishes the friendship with Chinese leaders, and looks forward to exchanges of views on further development of India-China ties with Chinese leaders on occasions including the G20 summit and the BRICS summit.

For his part, the visiting Chinese foreign minister said relations between China and India kept good momentum in recent years and have achieved all-around and rapid progress. Common interests between China and India far exceed their differences, and the need for cooperation far exceeds the competition, said Wang.

The foreign minister said China always welcomes the development and rise of India, and supports India to play a more positive role in regional as well as international affairs. The development of both China and India is conducive to the better balance and stability of world powers, he noted.

While meeting with India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday, Wang said China is ready to build closer partnership with India, and enhance pragmatic cooperation with India in all fields.

Wang positively reviewed the development of China-India ties, which he said have been making remarkable and comprehensive headways in recently years thanks to joint efforts by both sides.

Leaders of the two countries have maintained close exchange of visits and communications, the dialogue mechanism between the two governments has been ever increasing and perfecting, the complementariness of the two economies has been further tapped and a win-win cooperation pattern is taking shape, Wang noted.

What's more, the two peoples have enhanced understanding and friendship through more and more trade and cultural exchanges and communications, he added.

The two sides have strengthened strategic dialogue on such major international issues as climate change and global action, and safeguarded the common interests of emerging markets and developing countries.

China and India are strategic partners, and China is ready to work with India to master the general course for the development of ties, build a closer development partnership, and expand their all-around pragmatic cooperation, Wang said.

The two diplomats also exchanged views on specific issues on bilateral ties, as well as regional and international issues of common concern, such as the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the Briexit.

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