Consolidating a strategic partnership with India is his historical mission, President Xi Jinping is learnt to have said on Thursday, adding that he was a proponent of this alliance.
A strategic partnership with India and building Sino-Indian collaboration in regional and global affairs are his diplomatic priorities, Xi went on to tell ambassador Ashok K Kantha during a one-on-one chat after the Indian envoy presented his credentials to the President (presenting the formal papers of appointment as the top diplomat to the head of state in the country of posting) at the Great Hall of the People on Thursday noon.
Sources said during the brief chat with Kantha, Xi brought up a range of bilateral issues and activities that are planned for this year, designated as the year of friendly exchanges between the two countries still at sharp diplomatic odds over a long and disputed border.
Sources added that the Chinese President stressed the importance of Sino-India relations beyond the bilateral, and work closely on regional and global issues. He is learnt to have said that the world was going through profound transformation and both countries should cooperate more.
Xi’s comments comes at a time when a number of high-level bilateral visits are planned after the formation of the new government in India. Xi himself is expected to visit India in the second half of the year. The Indian vice-president, Hamid Ansari is also expected in Beijing later this year.
On Wednesday, Premier Li Keqiang met Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy planning commission chief, telling him that ''integrating" China's technology in India's railway and energy sectors would be a "breakthrough" in Sino-Indian cooperation,
“We have to integrate our technologies of high-speed railways and energy equipment with the Indian market as a breakthrough in Sino-Indian cooperation,” state media quoted Li as saying during a meeting with Ahluwalia.
“We are willing to work with India to reinforce political trust and deepen all-around cooperation,” Li, according to state media, told Ahluwalia.
Calling the combined 2.5 billion people population of the two countries, a “unique advantage” Li urged India to make use of that advantage in the future.
“China and India have a lot of experience to share and similar missions to accomplish, as both countries are under the same pressure to balance reform, sustain development and protect the environment,” Li said.