Chinese President Meets Indian Vice President

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari here on Monday.

Xi said India is an important partner for China, that the relationship is a priority in China's diplomacy, and that China is ready to work with India's new government to push their cooperation to a new high.

He called on the two countries to strengthen communication between their political parties, legislatures and local governments, so as to deepen mutual understanding and trust.

The two sides should cooperate to promote the construction of an economic corridor among China, Bangladesh, Myanmar and India, to bring along regional development, according to Xi.

He also called on the two countries to take an overall and long-term perspective and properly handle their disputes.

Ansari said the good-neighborly relationship between India and China is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples.

India values its relationship with China and will strive to promote it. It will join hands with China to abide by the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, strengthen communication and cooperation, appropriately deal with their disputes and problems, so as to promote the development of bilateral ties as well as the construction of a more fair and reasonable international order, Ansari vowed.

Following a ceremony on Saturday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, Xi said China and India should jointly abide by and carry forward the principles and strengthen coordination on global affairs, to play a bigger role for the world's peace and development.

Xi and Ansari attended the commemoration marking the anniversary at the Great Hall of the People.

Source: Xinhua