Faridabad, 26 August. “With the election of new government there is an upswing in making relations better with China. The need now is to enhance people to people relations in order to strengthen mutual trust and understanding.” , said Gen V.K. Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Development of North eastern region and the Minister of State for External Affair while inaugurating India Foundation’s two days bilateral conference organised at Suraj Kund on ‘Prospects of India-China Relations.’
In sync with the objective to discuss and deliberate on issues of national importance, India Foundation, a New Delhi based think tank in collaboration with Embassy of People’s Republic of China has organized the two day bilateral conference. The conference was inaugurated by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North eastern region and Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. V.K. Singh & and Charge’d affairs, Embassy of People’s Republic of China, Yao Jing on August 26.
Charge’d affairs, Embassy of People’s Republic of China; Yao Jing cited mutual historical linkages to increase people to people interactions between both the nations. “Relationship between India and China must be built on the basis of people and their interests. This is why a civilizational approach is a prerequisite to build relations between both the nations.” he said. Mr. Yao Jing emphasized that both China and India have established a policy for the future, which is people oriented, development-oriented, and the world’s well-being oriented.
With respect to the existing border issues, Gen V.K. Singh urged both nations to avoid confrontation by showing mutual respect for each other. He also suggested that joint ventures between India and China can be initiated, which can lead to creation of knowledge and innovation.
The two day conference is being attended by 25 delegates from India and China which includes former diplomats, subject experts, former service chiefs, and academicians. Under the umbrella of ‘China-India relations in a Multi-Polar world’, the conference aims to discuss and debate on a diverse issues which range from cultural linkages, trade imbalances, sea and maritime co-operation, understanding terror issues and dwelling on counter approaches and border management. The bilateral conference is a first step in a series of initiatives which the India Foundation aspires to take in order to cement India-China relations for prosperous Asia.