Excellency, Li Keqiang,
Members of the Press,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me start by expressing my deep gratitude to President Xi, Premier Li and the people of China for the exceptional welcome and hospitality.
Iam very grateful to President Xi for his special gesture of hosting me in Xian; and, for showing me the city's extraordinary heritage. It is a treasure of the world.
Xian is also a symbol of our ancient spiritual and cultural links. I havea personal connection with Xian through Monk XuanZang. He visited my hometown 1400 years ago.
I am pleased to visit China in the first year of my Government.This is one of our most important strategic partnerships.
The reason is obvious. The re-emergence of India and China and their relationship will have a profound impact on the two countries and the course of this century.
Our relationship has been complex in recent decades.
But, we have a historic responsibility to turn this relationship into a source of strength for each other and a force of good for the world.
We are committed to set a new direction between the two largest Asian countries.
I believe that my discussions with President Xi and Premier Li have advanced our relationship in that direction.
Our conversations were candid, constructive and friendly. We covered all issues, including those that trouble smooth development of our relations.
I stressed the need for China to reconsider its approach on some of the issues that hold us back from realizing full potential of our partnership. I suggested that China should take a strategic and long term view of our relations. I found the Chinese leadership responsive.
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 tranquility in the border region.
I found sensitivity to our concerns on this issue; and, interest in further intensifying confidence building measures. I also reiterated the importance of clarification of Line of Actual Control in this regard.
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 differences with maturity;and, seek solutions to outstanding issues..
Our decision to enhance strategic communication and coordination on our region is especially significant.
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 urbanization.
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.
President Xi and Premier Li were very receptive to the specific concerns I had raised on our growing trade deficit. We look forward to early impact on the ground. We have agreed to create a high-level task force to develop a strategic road-map to expand economic relations. It will cover a broad range of areas including Infrastructure, IT, Pharma, Agriculture and Manufacturing.
An area of high priority for us is people-to-people contacts. Indians and Chinese don't know each other well, much less understand each other.
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.
The Nathu La route for Indian pilgrims to visit Kailash Mansarovar will become operational in June. I want to thank China for that.
Our decision to open a consulates in Chengdu and Chennai reflects growing mutual confidence and shared commitment to expand our relationship.
These steps will help make our relationship more broad-based and people-centric.
Finally, we have many common global and regional interests. For example, we have a shared interest in the outcome of the international climate change negotiations. We are both trying to strengthen regional connectivity.
Terrorism is a shared threat. Instability in West Asia matters to both of us. Peace and progress in Afghanistan benefits us both. I am confident that our international partnership will deepen.
Today, we have signed over 20 agreements, covering diverse areas of cooperation. This shows the depth and maturity of our relationship and the positive direction of our partnership.
This has been a very productive and positive visit.
I look forward to working with President Xi and Premier Li. I have welcomed President Xi's proposal to hold regular summits to realize our vision for the relationship.I have also invited Premier Li to visit India at an early date.
I look forward to Shanghai tomorrow. Thank you. Thank you, very much.
Excellency, Li Keqiang,
Citizens along with PM Modi expressed happiness as the Harappan city Dholavira in Gujarat gets UNESCO World Heritage Site tag
💐Visionary @PMOIndia for your uncanny eye to pick historical, Cultural & archeological wonders like Dholavira & bringing it on🌎map❌only thro @UNESCO #WorldHeritage site recognition but also as a financial hub hosting GIFTS city#NEP2020 should includehttps://t.co/26e6KpIhcH pic.twitter.com/8lTnZ3rLES— Rajagopalan. N (@nrajabpcl) July 27, 2021
Dear sir,— bhawna kumari (@bhawnak24370326) July 28, 2021
Absolutely happy with this news. Dholavira was an important urban center and has one of the most important links we have with our past. It is a must visit especially for those interested in history, culture and archaeology.
Thanks and Regards
#Dholavira, a Harappan-era city in Gujarat, which reflects our glorious past, inscribed on the @UNESCO World Heritage List.— Rakesh Ranjan Singh (@RakeshR57267741) July 28, 2021
Now we have a total of 40 heritage sites in India inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.#architecture #ProudMoment https://t.co/KX1OB6WPRr
I am very anxious to know about the history.— Meerakhanduri (@meerakhanduri) July 28, 2021
Thanks for this information. https://t.co/ow78YQdPR3
माननीय प्रधानमंत्री जी हम सब का सौभाग्य है कि आप जैसा व्यक्तित्व भारत देश को प्राप्त हुआ है!जो स्वार्थ से परे होकर पूरी ईमानदारी से निरंतर कार्य कर रहे हैं। समस्त भारतवासी आपके साथ हैं। @narendramodi 🇮🇳🚩🙏#सनातन_धर्म_सर्वश्रेष्ठ_है #भारत_की_ताकत_मोदी #भारत_में_वेद_और_पर्यावरण https://t.co/gdiyl9y5du— सोहन सोलंकी 🇮🇳. ⛳ 💯% Follow 🔙 #हर_हर_महादेव (@SirSohaan) July 28, 2021
It is the largest excavated Harappan site in India which can be seen by the tourists. All other sites were buried and covered up after the excavation was over. But Dholavira is unique because it records continuous settlement .@WorldHeritages @PMOIndia @narendramodi @UNESCO— Namrata Yadav (@NamrataYada) July 28, 2021
🇮🇳 Such amazing history,culture & ancient civilisation behind it, #Dholavira - A must place in our history books.Let Such educational tours be a part of our School/ College curriculum! JAIHO Hon #PM @narendramodi Ji @BJP4India Govt for making this & #RamappaTemple possible! #NEP— 🇮🇳 Sangitha Varier 🚩 (@VarierSangitha) July 27, 2021
Reformatory vision of Central Govt. reflects PM's vision for 'minimum government, maximum governance'
About 278 LMT foodgrains have been allocated free of cost to approximately 80 Crore National Food Security Act (NFSA) beneficiaries under #PMGKY for a period of 7 months from May to November this year.@narendramodi @SadhviNiranjan@mygovindia https://t.co/JqK7dEkvQW— Shalini Bajpai 👧 (@sbajpai2811) July 28, 2021
Heartiest congratulations to Sh. @Naveen_Odisha for spearheading Odisha's development. And kudos to PM @narendramodi ji for directing govt. machinery to achieve this milestone. https://t.co/eq2YaLDSuA— Ramanathan Iyer 🇮🇳 (@ram_iyer) July 27, 2021
Over 37.5 Lakh Houses Sanctioned For Economically Weaker Section In Last Two Years Under PM Awas Yojana-Urban: Govthttps://t.co/kMapKZuaOP— Weisel🇮🇳 (@weiselaqua) July 28, 2021
Thank you so much @SecBlinken to come to meet #India's PM @narendramodi, its leadership on behalf of @POTUS and #USA.— Avinash (@AV1NAS) July 28, 2021
India-US relation have untapped potential to further not only each others interests but also world's in peaceful democratic manner with leading conscience. 🙏 https://t.co/BEjWv5EW1G
@IMFNews projected our GDP growth rate at 9.5 in 2021 and 8.5 in 2022, highest in the World, much ahead than advanced economies like USA, UK, Spain and China.#India is progressing under the able leadership of our successful Prime minister @narendramodi— Mahesh Lahoti (@MaheshJLahoti) July 28, 2021
First of all congratulations to my country's doctors and scientists, you are the best 💐🙏 and off course Hon. @PMOIndia @narendramodi Sir for such a great step and trust. The world admitted that India is best. Proude to be an Indian @BJP4India @WHO @UN @BBCBreaking @republic pic.twitter.com/aw7NbJL4mZ— Subas Sahoo (@TheManyabar) July 28, 2021