Enhancing Sino-Indian Cooperation to Achieve Win-win Development: A Visit to Sun Weidong, Chinese Ambassador to India

 Enhancing Sino-Indian Cooperation to Achieve Win-win Development: A Visit to Sun Weidong, Chinese Ambassador to India

Sun Weidong said that at present, high-level exchanges between the two countries are close. Since the Wuhan meeting, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi have met on many multilateral occasions. The two governments, political parties, legislatures and armies have actively promoted high-level exchanges and exchanged experiences on governing the country and politics. The bilateral development strategy docking has made positive progress, and the two countries have reached new consensus on cooperation in policy coordination, infrastructure, energy conservation and environmental protection, high technology, energy and medicine. China and India share common interests in promoting globalization and opposing trade protectionism. They share similar interests and positions on major international issues. Strengthening coordination and cooperation on these issues has injected new impetus into the development of bilateral relations.

Sun Weidong said that China has long maintained Indias position as the largest trading partner, while India is Chinas largest trading partner in South Asia. At present, the trade volume between China and India has increased to nearly 100 billion US dollars, and about 1,000 Chinese enterprises have invested 8 billion US dollars in India. Indian enterprises are also actively expanding the Chinese market, with a cumulative investment of nearly US$1 billion in China.

The cultural exchanges between China and India have flourished. The two sides have established a high-level human-cultural exchange mechanism and have held two meetings. Yoga has become a fashion for young people in China, and some Bollywood movies are popular; Chinese movie stars such as Jackie Chan are well known in India, and Indian people like acupuncture, martial arts and Chinese cuisine. China and India have established 14 pairs of friendly provincial cities, and personnel exchanges between the two countries have exceeded one million people a year. Next year, the two sides will jointly hold a series of activities celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, gathering more strength of the people of the two countries and promoting cultural exchanges and cooperation.

Sun Weidong pointed out that both China and India are important representatives of large population and emerging economies. The two sides should strengthen strategic communication and enhance political mutual trust, take the initiative to shape bilateral relations and constantly accumulate positive energy, and promote the integration of interests and common development by strengthening exchanges and cooperation.

Sun Weidong said that China is moving towards the goal of two hundred years, and India has also put forward the vision of building a new India. China and India should regard their development and expansion as important opportunities for each other, support and align each others development strategies, advocate civilized exchanges and mutual learning, safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, and promote the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Sun Weidong pointed out that the world today is experiencing unprecedented changes in a century. Strengthening solidarity and cooperation between China and India is an opportunity for their respective development and the world, and adds stability and positive energy to international relations.

Sun Weidong said that China and India should strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional affairs. At the international level, the two countries should firmly safeguard the international system with the United Nations at its core and promote the development of international order in a more just and rational direction. At the regional level, the two countries should jointly safeguard regional peace and stability; the two sides should continue to carry out Sino-Indian plus cooperation to promote regional free trade, infrastructure construction and interconnection; and the two sides should connect national policies and development strategies in order to achieve common prosperity in the region.