Xi Jinping: China and India need to focus on cooperation

09.06.2017, Kazakhstan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for closer cooperation between China and India during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Astana, Xinhua Chinese news agency reported on June 9.

China and India need to pay more attention to mutual cooperation and become partners because of the large-scale and complex changes in the international situation, according to the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China.  This will contribute to the development of both countries and strengthen world peace, stability, and growth.

The leaders of India and China are taking part in the 17th summit of the Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

President Xi said that China attaches great importance to its ties with India and stands ready to work with the Indian side to enhance political mutual trust, link their development strategies, deepen practical cooperation and maintain coordination and collaboration in international and regional affairs to advance their strategic cooperative partnership in a sustained, healthy and stable way.  China and India should also boost trade, investment, and the industrial production cooperation, according to Xi Jinping.

The Prime Minister of India hailed the long-standing friendship between the two countries with a history of ancient civilizations.  Sound relations between India and China will help stabilize an unstable international situation, said the Prime Minister.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit is taking place on June 8th and 9th in Astana, where Russia is represented by President Vladimir Putin.

The SCO was founded in 2001 by Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.  In 2016, India and Pakistan began the process of joining the organization by signing an appropriate memorandum.  The countries of Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia are observer states in the organization.  Syria, Egypt and Bangladesh applied for participation in the SCO as observers.  Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka are the SCO’s partners in dialogue.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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