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China for Better Ties with India
Mar 25, 2014

China's President Xi Jinping said he saw improving relations with India as his historic mission, as the top Chinese leader met with the Indian envoy in Beijing. The Indian Ambassador to China Ashok Kantha, who began his term here in January, formally presented his credentials to Xi JInping at Beijing's Great Hall of the People. 

The top-ranked Chinese leader subsequently met Ashok Kantha for a 15-minute interaction. Xi Jinping in a formal ceremony received credentials from 14 recently appointed envoys. The Chinese leader later held individual meetings with only three of the envoys, including Ashok Kantha and the newly appointed United States Ambassador Max Baucus. 

Xi Jinping told Ashok Kantha that he was an advocate of furthering the India-China strategic partnership. Doing so is my historic mission. He especially highlighted what he described as the increasing importance of India-China relations beyond the bilateral context, and called for greater cooperation on regional and global issues. 

Xi Jinping intends to visit India later this year on what would be his first visit to the country after taking over as President in March 2013. The keenness for the proposed visit, conveyed by the Chinese side during the recent 17th round of boundary talks, is being framed as underlining CHina's intent to work with the new government in New Delhi that will be in place after the Lok Sabha elections. 

Xi Jinping said he looked forward to deepening engagement with India in the coming year, which both sides have agreed to mark as a year of friendly exchanges. He also mentioned the upcoming 60th anniversary of the signing of the five principles of peaceful coexistence (Panchsheel), which both sides plan to mark with a number of events. 

India also plans to hold a Glimpses of India celebration in 12 Chinese cities in the months ahead to mark the year of friendly exchange and to widen people-to-people engagement. To that end, India has also begun the process of liberalising the visa regime, starting with ensuring that all business and tourist visas are issued by the embassy in Beijing in two working days and by consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou within three working days, down from the earlier processing time of five working days

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