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India-China strategic meet
Oct 24, 2013

The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh has paid an official visit to China from 22-24 October 2013. 

During the meet the two sides held wide ranging talks on bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest and reached broad consensus and reaffirmed their commitment to take forward their Strategic and Cooperative Partnership for Peace and Prosperity. This will be achieved by following the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence [Panchsheel] and displaying mutual respect and sensitivity to each other’s concerns and aspirations. 

During the meet following important documents were signed between the two nations:

a) MoU on setting up Chinese Power Equipment Service Centres in India: The Parties agreed for setting up of Power Equipment Service Centres (PESCs) in India by the Chinese suppliers/manufacturers themselves or through some suitable mechanism. The service centres would be adequately provided with equipment, personnel, spares and other facilities so as to enable them to provide all requisite spars and services support within India. The PESCs will be set up in India on market principles. The costs and terms of servicing power equipment will be decided between the PESCs and the end user.  The PESCs would be directly responsible for provision of requisite services to the Indian power generating companies on mutually acceptable terms and conditions (between the PESCs and the Indian power generating companies) and in accordance with applicable Indian laws/rules/statutes and this MoU shall not in any-way confer any special or preferential status/treatment to the PESCs. 

b) Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Nalanda University: An international institution known as Nalanda University which will be a non-state, non-profit, self-governing international institution will be established under MoU. 

The objectives and functions of the University will include the following:

  • To establish an international institution of learning that will bring together the brightest and the most dedicated students from all countries irrespective of gender, caste, creed, disability, ethnicity or socio-economic background and to give them the means needed for the pursuit of intellectual, philosophical, historical and spiritual studies and thus achieve qualities of tolerance, accommodation and mutual understanding; 

  • To build an Asian community of learning where the intellectual potential of every student can be developed to the fullest extent possible, and to create an Asian community by strengthening regional awareness; 

  • To impart education towards capacity-building of Asian nations in the domain of philosophy, language, history and other areas of higher learning vital for improving the quality of their life and those of their brethren; and

  • To contribute to the promotion of regional peace and vision by bringing together future leaders who by relating to their past history can enhance their understanding of each other`s perspectives. 

The funding for the establishment and operations of the University will be on a voluntary basis.

c) Establishment of Sister City Relationship: Three MoUs were signed to establish sister city relations between Bengaluru and Chengdu, between Kolkata and Kunming and between Delhi and Beijing.

d) Cultural Exchange Programme: The Program of Cultural Exchange for the years 2013-2015 which includes art and culture, cultural heritage, youth affairs, education and sports, media, publications and mass communications was also signed. 

 


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