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Chinese Vice-President to visit India next week

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Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao is heading to India next month, stepping up the momentum of high-level exchanges between the two countries, following the visit to China by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the visit, at the invitation of Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, is “another major interaction between the two sides,” which will help “inject new momentum to bilateral ties.”

Mr. Li will commence his five-day visit on November 3.

Fan Changlong, one of the vice-chairmen of China’s Central Military Commission, will also visit India next month — the top military official’s visit following the conclusion of a major counterterrorism exercise by the two countries in Kunming earlier this month.

Earlier this month, the visiting General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Sitaram Yechury had called on the Chinese Vice-President. In a conversation with The Hindu, Mr. Yechury said that during his talks, Mr. Li had detailed the blueprint for China’s economic transition. Highly placed sources said that the Chinese Vice-President, without mentioning Pakistan, told Mr. Yechury that Beijing’s relationship with other countries would not stand in the way of the development of China-India ties.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said that in recent years, with concerted efforts, the strategic partnership between China and India for peace and prosperity had been sound and stable. According to him, the leaders of the two countries were coordinating their position on regional and international affairs, following the direction given by the two leaderships to deepen cooperation. Mr. Lu said the Chinese side “always views bilateral ties from a strategic and long-term perspective.”

From: The Hindu

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