The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Holds a Briefing for Chinese and Foreign Media on President Xi Jinping's Attendance at the Second Informal Meeting between Leaders of China and India in India and His State Visit to Nepal

On October 9, 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a briefing for Chinese and foreign media. Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui briefed on President Xi Jinping's upcoming attendance at the second informal meeting between leaders of China and India in India and his state visit to Nepal. Luo Zhaohui also answered questions from the journalists.

Luo Zhaohui noted, at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and President Bidhya Devi Bhandari of Nepal, President Xi Jinping will travel to Chennai, India to attend the second informal meeting between leaders of China and India and pay a state visit to Nepal from October 11 to 13. This is President Xi Jinping's first outbound visit after the grand celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and also the first visit to Nepal by the Chinese president in 23 years. It will inject fresh impetus into the development of China-India relations, China-Nepal relations and the relations between China and countries in South Asia, open up new space for enhancing regional connectivity and practical cooperation in economy and trade, build new platforms for promoting mutual benefit and friendship among peoples in the region and make new contributions to world peace and prosperity.

Luo Zhaohui expressed, China and India, the only two major countries in the world whose populations exceed one billion, are both developing countries and emerging markets. The cooperation between both countries will boost each other's development, as well as be conducive to driving the multipolarization in the world and economic globalization, and safeguarding the common interests of developing countries. Since the first informal meeting between the leaders of both countries in Wuhan last year, our two countries have fully advanced bilateral cooperation in various fields and properly managed relevant differences, enabling bilateral relations to move to a new stage of stable development with good momentum. During his stay in Chennai, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will continue to discuss the international situation in an in-depth way, focus on the duet of the Chinese "dragon" and the Indian "elephant", and conduct in-depth communication on the overarching, long-term and strategic issues concerning the development of bilateral relations. The two leaders will set the tone and chart the course for the development of bilateral relations, speak with one voice and provide stability and inject positive energy for the world fraught with uncertainties.

Luo Zhaohui expressed, Nepal is China's friendly neighbor linked by mountains and rivers, and also an important partner in promoting the Belt and Road Initiative in South Asia. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the two countries have treated each other equally, respected and supported each other, setting a fine example of harmonious coexistence and mutually beneficial cooperation between countries with different sizes and different social systems. This historic visit will be sure to have historic influences. President Xi Jinping will attend the welcome ceremony and welcome banquet to be held by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, meet with President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, hold talks and witness signing of cooperation agreements in various areas with Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli, and meet with Co-Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal, principals of Federal Parliament of Nepal and leaders of relevant political parties. The leaders of the two countries will make new planning for the development of China-Nepal relations, open up together a new era of rapid development of bilateral relations, deepen political mutual trust, consolidate the public opinion foundation for the lasting friendship between China and Nepal, advance the high-quality construction of the Belt and Road Initiative of the two countries, accelerate the building of the trans-Himalayan multi-dimensional connectivity network, and inject new drivers into bilateral practical cooperation in various areas.

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