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Indian president to visit China next week

Reporter: Li Lin 丨 CCTV.com

05-19-2016 10:47 BJT

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a state visit to China starting next Tuesday, at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. This will be Mukherjee’s first state visit to China since taking office in 2012. And the Indian president says he is very positive about China-India relations.

“First of all, I would say that we have very comprehensive relationship with People’s Republic of China,” Mukherjee said. 

“And we consider it is a very important relationship for us. And the state visit has its own significance as it provides an opportunity to the leaders to share their views, explore the possibilities of expanding cooperation between the countries’ concern and also they exchange their views, on individual, global and multilateral issues. 

“My visit to China would be my first visit to that great country as the president of the Republic of India. Though earlier, many presidents have visited China, including my immediate predecessor Mrs. Pratibha Patil—she also visited China. 

“But China has its own importance; our relationship between China and India, as an invention comprehensive, it covers all aspects: political, security, economic, educational and cultural. 

“I had the privilege of receiving his Excellency President Xi Jinping when he visited last in 2014 and hosted a banquet for him, he extended an invitation to me, to the prime minister and I am glad to have this opportunity to respond to his invitation, because it is our efforts to intensify our relationship.”

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