Xi's visit will lead to deeper Sino-India engagement: Pranab Mukherjee

President Pranab on Tuesday expressed the hope that the just-concluded visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India will lead to a "deeper" bilateral engagement as this was in the interest of Asia and the international community.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 30, 2014, 17:22 PM IST

New Delhi: President Pranab on Tuesday expressed the hope that the just-concluded visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India will lead to a "deeper" bilateral engagement as this was in the interest of Asia and the international community.

In a message to Xi on the eve of the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Mukherjee said during the Chinese president's visit, both the countries had agreed to establish a closer developmental partnership which will propel bilateral ties.

"Our mutual agreement to establish a closer developmental partnership reached during your visit will give a further boost to our economic and people-to-people exchanges, which, I believe, will provide a sound basis for enhancing and deepening our bilateral ties," the President said in his message to Xi.

Mukherjee said Xi's visit was a "landmark" one in developing strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity between our two countries.

"Our discussions during the visit further underscored the global and strategic dimensions of our relations and highlighted the need for constructive and candid dialogue between us at all levels," he said.

He said as two of the most significant emerging economies, "deeper engagement between our two countries is in the interest of Asia and the international community."

The Chinese President was in India from September 17 to 19 during which the two countries inked 12 pacts in a range of areas including railways and outer space. Beijing pledged investments of USD 20 billion over five years in a bid to boost economic ties and address India's concerns over trade deficit.