Mamallapuram,Tamil Nadu, Oct 12 : India and China have decided to boost the bilateral ties and two leaders Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping were of the view that the positive direction of ties had opened up possibilities for taking bilateral relations to "greater heights".
According to official sources, both the leaders agreed that this endeavor also required strong public support in both countries. "In this context PM Modi and President Xi decided to designate the year 2020 as the 'Year of India-China Cultural and People to People Exchanges' and agreed that the 70th anniversary of the establishment of India-China relations next tear will be fully utilized to deepen exchanges at all levels.
Respective legislatures, political parties, cultural and youth organizations and military in both the countries will have multiple joint programmes.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries will organize 70 activities including a conference on a ship voyage that will trace the historical connect between the two civilizations, a source said.
The two leaders exchanged views on the age-old commercial linkages and people-to-people contacts between India and China in the past two millennia, including significant maritime contacts.
In this regard the two leaders agreed on establishment of sister-state relations between Tamil Nadu and Fujian Province, exploring the possibility of establishing an academy to study links between Mahabalipuram and Fujian province.
Mr Modi and President Xi underscored the important efforts being made in their respective countries to address global developmental challenges, including climate change and Sustainable Development Goals. They emphasized that their individual efforts in this regard would help the international community achieve the targets. Both the leaders shared concern that terrorism continues to pose a common threat.
"As countries that are large and diverse, they recognized the importance of continuing to make joint efforts to ensure that the international community strengthens the framework against training, financing and supporting terrorist groups throughout the world and on a non-discriminatory basis".(UNI)