Beijing(web team): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that Asia's voice will be stronger if India and China speak in one voice for each other and also stressed on the need to settle border and boundary issues peacefully and quickly.
“Geography and history tell us that the dream of an interconnected Asia will be successful, when India and China work together. A resurgent Asia is seeking a bigger voice in global affairs. Asia's voice will be stronger if India and China speak in one voice for each,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing faculty and students at the Tsinghua University here.
“We must try to settle the boundary question quickly. We both realise that this is history's legacy. We have to enhance our cooperation across the full spectrum of our relationship. We should think of creative solutions for issues that have become irritants - from visa policies to trans-border rivers,” he added.
Talking on the need to curb terrorism, Prime Minister Modi said both India and China must address issues that might lead to doubt, even distress, in the relations between the two nations.
In apparent reference to Pakistan, Modi said, “The spreading extremism and terrorism is a threat we both face, for both the source is the same region. We must address issues that lead to doubt, even distress, in our relation. We have kept our borders peaceful; we have managed our differences and have not let them affect closer cooperation.”
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19:17 IST Friday, 15 May 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sanghai on Friday for the third and final leg of his three-day China visit that also took him to Xi'an and Beijing. Modi arrived yesterday in Xi'an where he held summit-level talks with President Xi Jinping.
He then moved to Beijing where he held wide-ranging parleys with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang today. Tomorrow Modi will meet with CEOs of top Chinese companies and a number of agreements worth USD 10 billion are expected to be signed.
16:00 IST Friday, 15 May 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said both India and China face the threat of growing extremism and terrorism whose source "is in the same region", in a veiled reference to terror networks in Pakistan.
Modi, while addressing students at the Tsinghua University in Beijing , asserted that India and China face instability in their "shared neighbourhood" that can threaten the security and slow down the economies of the two countries. "The spreading tide of extremism and terrorism is a threat we both face; for both, its source is in the same region," he said in an apparent reference to the cross-border terrorism faced by India and China originating in Pakistan.
Terror strikes in India like the 26/11 Mumbai attacks have often been traced to Pakistan while unrest in China's Xinjiang province is many times linked to separatists trained in camps in Pakistan. "We must also deal with the changing character of terrorism that has made it less predictable and more diffuse. We source a large part of our energy from the same region that faces instability and uncertain future," Modi said.
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I speak of Cooperative Federalism, when the Centre and the States are partners: PM Modi
Speaking at the forum, PM Narendra Modi said, "This forum has a special place in my heart. As I saw in my experience State government can take innumerable initiatives for development of states. In India's Constitution, state governments have predominant role in economic and social development."
He further added, "I speak of Team India. I believe foundation for India's development will not be single pillar of Centre but 30 pillars of Centre, States. I speak of Cooperative Federalism, when the Centre and the States are partners."
Stating that such a forum is a first that India has with any country, Modi said, " We are truly taking our relationship outside our national capitals to state capitals and cities."
10:00 IST Friday, 15 May 2015
China must reconsider approach to realise full potential of partnership with India: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that China must reconsider its approach on certain issues in order to realise the full potential of its partnership with India, adding that the two Asian giants have a ‘historic responsibility’ to use their relationship for the good of the world.
Addressing media after signing ceremony, PM Modi said, "I am very grateful to President Xi for his special gesture of hosting me in Xian; and, for showing me the city's extraordinary heritage. It is a treasure of the world. I am pleased to visit China in the first year of my Government. This is one of our most important strategic partnerships."
Modi further added, "Our relationship has been complex in recent decades. But, we have a historic responsibility to turn this relationship into a source of strength for each other and a force of good for the world. We are committed to set a new direction between the two largest Asian countries."
“My conversations with [Chinese] Premier Li Keqiang were candid, constructive and friendly. I stressed the need for China to reconsider its approach to some issues that hold us back from realising the full potential of our partnership. We both reiterated our strong commitment to make all efforts to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border region,” he added.
Modi also stressed the need for strengthening mutual trust and confidence while seeking solutions to outstanding issues.
The Prime Minister said, "I sought tangible progress on issues relating to visa policy and trans-border rivers. I also discussed some of our regional concerns. We agreed that as we move ahead, we should be sensitive to each other's interests; strengthen mutual trust and confidence; continue to manage our difference with maturity; and, seek solutions to outstanding issues."
"On the boundary question, we agreed that we continue to explore a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable resolution. We both reiterated our strong commitment to make all efforts to maintain peace and tranquility in the border region," said Modi.
Stating that he looks forward to working with President Xi and Premier Li, Modi said, "I have welcomed President Xi's proposal to hold regular summits to realize our vision for the relationship. I have also invited Premier Li to visit India at an early date."
List of agreements signed between india and China
Agreements on Railways, Education Exchange Program, Mining and Mineral sector, Space Co-operation, Broadcasting between CCTV & DD, Tourism Co-operation, India-China Think Tank Forums, Earthquake Science & Engineering, Development Research Centre and NITI Aayog, Co-op on Ocean Science were signed between India and China.
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Signing of agreements taking place in Beijing in the presence of the leaders.
9:12 IST Friday, 15 May 2015
PM Modi, Premier Li to sign agreements after holding talks in Beijing. The talks between Modi and Li overshot by 50 minutes, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
9:12 IST Friday, 15 May 2015
Full Delegation talks with PM Modi and Premier Li at Great Hall of People now in progress
7:20 IST Friday, 15 May 2015
Welcome ceremony held for PM Modi with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at Eastern Plaza, Great Hall of People.
7:10 IST Friday, 15 May 2015
Modi will meet Zhang Dejiang, the Chairman of the National People's Congress (China's Parliament).
Modi will also addresss students at the prestigious Tsinghua University following which he will travel to Temple of Heaven where he will witness a Yoga-Taichi Joint event before leaving for Shanghai on the third leg of his China trip.
7:00 IST Friday, 15 May 2015
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Beijing
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday discussed ways to strengthen "trust" and maintain peace on border between India and China, whose ties are often soured by the decades-old boundary dispute.
Modi and Xi held substantive talks in this city, the first time a Chinese President has done so outside Beijing, covering various issues ranging from political, economic and global issues like terrorism, UNSC reforms and India's membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). "On the political side, there was a lot of discussion on strengthening trust and increasing convergence," said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar while briefing media on the 90-minute delegation-level talks without taking any questions.
He said the two leaders discussed the boundary issue, including peace and tranquility, besides trans-border rivers. The boundary issue has been a sticking point in the relations between the two major Asian countries and both are making efforts to settle it through Special Representatives' talks. The Special Representatives have held 18 rounds of discussions so far.
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