India, China relations go beyond plain arithmetic: PM Narendra Modi

A day ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the ties shared between India and China.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2014, 14:28 PM IST
India, China relations go beyond plain arithmetic: PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi: A day ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the ties shared between India and China.

In a conversation with Chinese journalists based in New Delhi, the PM said, “India and China are bound by history, connected by culture, and inspired by rich traditions. Together they can create a bright future for the entire mankind.”

Modi further described the India-China ties as moving ahead from "Inch (India and China) towards Miles (Millennium of Exceptional Synergy)".

He said that every inch we cover can rewrite history of humanity and every mile we cross will go a long way in making this planet a better place.

The PM further hoped that together India and China cover several miles. Several miles that take not only the two nations forward but also all of Asia and humankind towards the path of progress and harmony, Modi added.

Further referring to the large population base of India and China, Modi said that when the two Asian countries gain, almost 35 percent of the world’s population benefits; when India and China strengthen ties, almost 35 percent of the world’s people come closer; when economic cooperation between India and China increases, the lives of almost 35 percent of the world’s population undergoes qualitative changes.

Responding to a question on how he foresees India and China relations developing, the Prime Minister explained that our relations go beyond plain arithmetic.

“The arithmetic and chemistry of our relations convince me that together we can script history and create a better tomorrow for all of mankind.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will set aside protocol and himself receive Chinese President Xi Jinping when he arrives in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

Xi will become the first world leader to begin an India visit from Gujarat. 

Modi will himself receive Xi on his arrival from Colombo on Wednesday afternoon.