India inks 24 Bilateral Agreements with China

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Beijing, May 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang today signed a record 24 Bilateral Agreements.

The agreements are on the 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, Agreement between Development Research Centre & NITI Aayog, Co-operation on Ocean Science, Establishment of Provincial and State leaders.

Addressing the media, Modi expressed his deep gratitude to his Chinese counterpart and the citizens of China for warm welcome and hospitality.

He also thanked Chinese president Xi Jinping for special gesture of hosting in Xi'an and for showing him the heritage of the country.

He said that the conversation between him and Keqiang were candid, constructive and friendly. "We covered all issues, including those that trouble smooth development of our relations", Modi said.

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 tranquillity in the border region, he said.

Modi also reiterated the importance of clarification of Line of Actual Control during the discussion.

"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".

"Our decision to enhance strategic communication and coordination on our region is especially significant".

He said, "Bilateral cooperation was a very important part of our discussion. We have set a high level of ambition for our economic partnership. We see enormous bilateral opportunities and many similar challenges, like urbanisation. We are pleased with the progress on the commitments from the Summit last September. This includes cooperation in the Railways, where we have identified specific projects, and the two Chinese industrial parks in Gujarat and Maharashtra. I am pleased that the two chief ministers are here with me. Both leaders were very supportive about increased Chinese participation in our Make in India mission and infrastructure sector. In Shanghai tomorrow, we will see over twenty ventures in the private sector take concrete shape".

"We have decided to take the relationship out of the narrow confines of governments in the national capitals to states, cities and our people. For the first time, India has launched a State and Provincial Leaders' Forum with any country. This is consistent with my firm commitment to cooperative federalism in India".

"This is the Year of India in China; the next one will be the Year of China in India. This will expand tourism between our two countries. We are establishing a Centre for Gandhian and Indian Studies in Shanghai, a Yoga College in Kunming and a bilateral Think-Tanks Forum".

Modi thanked China for the efforts of making route to Kailash Mansarovar, which will be operational for Indian pilgrims in June. He welcomed President Xi's proposal to hold regular summits to realise the vision for the relationship. He also invited Premier Li to visit India.

Modi will spend the day in capital Beijing and will leave for Shanghai tomorrow.

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