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Yang Jiechi Meets with Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon

On December 6, 2013, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon in Cape Town, South Africa.

Yang Jiechi said that the China-India relations have achieved gratifying progresses this year. The leaders of the two countries have kept close exchanges and drawn up a new blueprint for the future strategic cooperation between the two countries. In the following year, the two sides should jointly well implement the various consensuses reached by the leaders of the two countries, and firmly stick to the overall orientation of the development of the bilateral relations, so as to promote the realization of new greater development of the China-India relations. He hopes that both sides continue strengthening exchanges and cooperation, facilitate the construction of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, launch intergovernmental negotiations on the China-India Regional Trade Arrangement in due time, successfully hold the Year of China-India Friendly Exchange and the commemorative activities of the 60th anniversary of the announcement of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, and reinforce the coordination and cooperation between the two sides on global and regional affairs. Both sides should make good use of the working mechanisms of the meeting of Special Representatives of China and India on the Boundary Issue and the Consultation and Coordination on the Border Affairs, so as to jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border area.

Menon said that India hopes the two countries maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges next year, strengthen all kinds of consultation mechanisms, expand cooperation, push forward negotiations on the boundary issues, and enhance communication on major international and regional issues, so as to achieve better development of the bilateral relations.

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