`Chinese Dragon`, `Indian Elephant` both cherish peace: Xi Jinping

Ahead of his three-day sojourn to India, Chinese President Xi Jinping heaped praise on the South Asian country and underlined the significance of New Delhi-Beijing collaboration on the economic and geopolitical front.

Beijing: Ahead of his three-day sojourn to India, Chinese President Xi Jinping heaped praise on the South Asian country and underlined the significance of New Delhi-Beijing collaboration on the economic and geopolitical front.

In an editorial `Towards an Asian century of prosperity` published in an Indian daily on Wednesday, Xi opined that the combination of the world’s factory and the world’s back office will produce the most competitive production base.

The Chinese President further described India, whose economy was undergoing reform when he visited the country 17 years ago, as an enchanting and beautiful land that has captured world's attention.

“India is an emerging economy and a big developing country. It is Asia’s third largest economy and the world’s second largest exporter of software and agriculture products.”

He also noted that India, a member of the United Nations, the G20, the BRICS and other organisations, is playing an increasingly important role in the regional and international arena. Heaping praise on the Narendra Modi regime, the Chinese President said: “With the new government coming into office, a new wave of reform and development has been sweeping across India, greatly boosting the confidence of the Indian people and attracting keen international interest in its opportunities.”

Xi, who is scheduled to begin his three-day visit to India from Ahmedabad today, underlined the significant progress made by Beijing and New Delhi. “China-India relations have become one of the most dynamic and promising bilateral relations in the 21st century.”

The two countries coordinate and cooperate on climate change, food security, energy security and other global issues, he further noted.

On the boundary question, the Chinese President said progress has been made in the negotiations between the two sides on the issue.

Talking about economic ties, he further said: “China has become India’s largest trading partner, with their bilateral trade volume increasing from less than USD 3 billion early this century to nearly USD 70 billion.”

“As the two engines of the Asian economy, we need to become cooperation partners spearheading growth. I believe that the combination of China’s energy plus India’s wisdom will release massive potential. We need to jointly develop the BCIM Economic Corridor, discuss the initiatives of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and lead the sustainable growth of the Asian economy.”

He pushed for his Silk Corridor project, saying India and China "need to jointly develop the BCIM (Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar) Economic Corridor, discuss the initiatives of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and lead the sustainable growth of the Asian economy."

Xi further insisted that India and China should become global partners having strategic coordination.

Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi's description that China and India are “two bodies, one spirit”, Xi said: “Despite their distinctive features, the `Chinese Dragon` and the `Indian Elephant` both cherish peace, equity and justice.”

He further expressed confidence that as long as China and India work together, the Asian century of prosperity and renewal will surely arrive at an early date.

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