China PM Li Keqiang rings Narendra Modi with offer of ‘robust partnership’

Modi noted that China 'was always a priority' in India’s foreign policy, and welcomed 'greater economic engagement' between the two countries.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2014 8:38 am

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed his government’s desire to establish a “robust partnership” with India. Modi, on his part, expressed “keenness” to work closely with China on all “outstanding issues”.

Li is the first foreign leader to call up Modi after he was sworn in. Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi is coming to Delhi on June 8, and could become the first foreign minister to visit India after the new government took over. Modi, as chief minister of Gujarat, had visited China in November 2011, much before the West started engaging with him. Modi and Li spoke through interpreters for about 25 minutes.

The Chinese leader “congratulated Modi on his victory in the recent general elections and conveyed the Chinese government’s desire to establish robust partnership with the new government of India for further development of relations between the two nations,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Modi noted that China “was always a priority” in India’s foreign policy, and welcomed “greater economic engagement” between the two countries. He underlined his government’s resolve to utilise the full potential of “our strategic and cooperative partnership with China and his keenness to work closely with the Chinese leadership to deal with any outstanding issues in bilateral relations by proceeding from the strategic perspective of our developmental goals and long-term benefits to our peoples”, the MEA said.

The two leaders agreed to keep up frequent high-level exchanges and communication. Modi also thanked Li for his earlier message of felicitation, and extended an invitation through him to President Xi Jinping to pay a visit to India later this year.

China had formally greeted Modi, and sent a special message through Indian Ambassador to Beijing Ashok K Kantha during Kantha’s meetings with Wang and State Councillor and Special Representative for the border dispute, Yang Jiechi. Li had greeted Modi immediately after he was sworn in as Prime Minister, saying China viewed India as a “natural cooperative partner”, and was ready to work with the new Indian government to take their strategic cooperative partnership to a “new level”.

Modi and Xi will have an opportunity to meet during the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, to be held in Brazil in July. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry became the first leader to call up the new External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Kerry said the US looked forward to “re-energize ties” with India. Swaraj also got calls from her counterparts in the UK, Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the UAE.

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    Sandeep Sharma
    Apr 19, 2015 at 1:21 am
    A true nationalist
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      FREETIBET
      May 30, 2014 at 5:11 am
      Don't do it India, Chinaman will shakes your hands while stab you in the back, tell the Chinaman to stop supporting stan then India will talk.
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        vail
        May 30, 2014 at 3:50 pm
        yes! going to become the play tool of china.
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          Rogue
          May 30, 2014 at 3:27 am
          Now something big for this country is about to happen that didn't took place since independence.
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            EA Marco
            May 29, 2014 at 10:45 am
            [Great prosperous Asia will be realized]India and China (Mainland ROC Taiwan Hong Kong Macao Singapore) both are growing steadily. If the traffic routes are improved, possibly trade between both countries could be tripled the future a strong "Asian Union" or "Asian Trade Union" should be established for friendship and prosperity. China, Russia, India, an, South Korea, Indonesia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Thailand ten countries could be the core countries for the Asian Union.Possibly in 2025 Mainland China's (nominal) GDP will surp the US; and in 2030 India's (nominal) GDP will exceed the UK. A great prosperous Asia is coming.
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              SmartGuy
              May 30, 2014 at 1:09 am
              Wow. So, as predicted by saints. China, Russia, India finally uniting in ONE. WW3 is coming soon...
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                Naresh
                May 30, 2014 at 3:22 am
                How reuring to see the respect that Modi as a PM commands over the leaders of various countries! We have not had this for almost thirty years.
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                  Observer
                  May 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm
                  This is a tricky issue. Our military & our experience say that Chine is our enemy # 1 and Modi thinks that can change if we tie china with business stake. China already has about $70 billion business with India and the profits from that are being invested by China to beef up our other enemy stan military with nuclear reactors, J-jets, joint military exercises etc. If China expands its non-military business into India we are creating even more reason and justification for China to protect its economic interests by its military force if our ties with it become sour with respect to its stapled visas, occupying and/or claiming our Arunachal Pradesh, building civilian and military infra structure in stan Occupied Kashmir, or if we claim back our territory occupied by China in 1962 war etc., etc. Our military numbers equipment, technological advancement etc are much inferior to those of China. Moreover China demonstrated its ability to knock out satellites (that can be easily used against our civil & military satellites) and we did not so far. Hope Modi sees this post and takes these into account in his attempts to contain China by increasing monetary business with China.
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                    Roha
                    May 30, 2014 at 4:22 am
                    It is all about SELLS to the huge democracy
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                      Ashley
                      Jun 6, 2014 at 7:38 am
                      Finally we have a Man in the center. A True Bharatiya. We are tired of watching Italian Imports. We need a swadeshi and we are happy that people have choosen the correct man
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                        S Patil
                        May 30, 2014 at 1:58 pm
                        Nice to see that within a week NaMo started good relationship with china and neighbouring countries.
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                          Rock Smith
                          May 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm
                          Everything is fine but don't even think to trust Chinese. Keep mutually benefit relation,not emotional one and never acknowledge that there is any dispute in Arunachal Pradesh or other territory but the Ladakh region which has handed over to them by P or kistanis.
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                            browneyes
                            Jun 1, 2014 at 6:55 am
                            Nice to have someone in charge who knows what he is doing.
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