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India-China Relations: 8 Steps to a Partnership of the People
May 28, 2016

President Pranab Mukherjee was on a four day visit to China from May 24 to May 27. During his visit he exchanged views on all aspects of India’s ties with Chinese leadership. In the first leg of his State visit, Pranab Mukherjee went go Guangzhou which is one of the most important Industrial Provinces of China.

In his second and last leg of his visit, the President reached Beijing where he had talks with the top leaders of China including with his counterpart Xi Jinping on bilateral, regional and international issues.

The President was accompanied by a delegation of top Indians academicians including Vice Chancellors of Central Universities and Directors of IITs, where they signed a MoU with top Chinese research and educational institution.

Delivering a lecture at the Peking University, Indian President outlined eight pillars for the future India-China relations.

8 Steps for Partnership of the People

1. In spite of having more than a third of the world's population, the contacts between the people's representatives on both sides are still very limited. More regular contacts between our people's representatives at official and non-official levels is the need of the hour. We must broaden these contacts—beyond capitals to provincial and local bodies.

2. Both India and China are ‘young’ societies. Our youth share common aspirations and perceptions. Their annual exchanges have been fruitful, but both sides need to synergize their potential by including more educational opportunities, youth festivals, sports exchanges, youth-oriented tourism and social media linkages etc.

3. As citizens of a digital age, we recognise the power of visual images. This makes joint film production a useful instrument for creating positive perceptions .We should endeavour to expand the reach of our initiatives though regular screening and televising of our films and programmes in both countries.

4. We need to re-invigorate our intellectual and cultural exchanges. Yoga in India and Tai Chi in China as well as traditional medicine are part of our cultural heritage. Our annual India-China Think-Tank Forum and High-level Media Forum are good initiatives. Greater exchanges between institutions of higher learning, more cultural festivals and joint research and scholarship programmes can help dispel the notion that we need to look to the West and not to each other to make progress in education, science & technology.

5. Travel can be a very important binding factor. It is obvious that in the coming decade, Indians and Chinese will represent the largest volume of tourist travel globally. The immense potential of India as a tourism destination must be better projected. I commend both Governments for holding the Visit India Year in China last year and the Visit China Year in India this year. We welcome your Government's decision to open a second route for the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage. Indians would like to have more opportunities to travel to their holy sites in China and, in turn, welcome more Chinese visits to Buddhist pilgrimage centres in India.

6. Civil society is playing an increasingly significant role in both our societies, addressing a range of common concerns including the challenges of urbanization, environmental degradation, the urgent need for skills development and the digital divide. By pursuing sustainable solutions and sharing experiences, civil societies on both sides can collaborate–duly respecting the parameters in which they are required to operate in our respective countries.

7. We have a common approach to global and developmental issues that facilitate our strong cooperation in multilateral fora including the G-20, BRICS, EAS, AIIB, SCO and the United Nations. We can use such platforms to enhance public awareness of the desire of both our countries for a shared future shaped by us together. As our respective peoples and the world see our Governments working together at the global and regional level, they, too, will support and contribute to the achievement of our shared goals.

8. Trade and commerce can be the most powerful agents in reinforcing our complementarities. We are pleased that in the past decade there has been substantial growth in our bilateral trade and investment ties, but there is a vast untapped potential waiting to be fully realised. We invite Chinese companies to participate in the 'Make in India' initiative and to join us in Start Up India. Let us jointly innovate to create a new model for business.

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