Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Bangladesh counterpart Dipu Moni in Beijing on Sunday to push forward the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor. Wang said China cherishes the traditional friendship with Bangladesh and attaches importance to China-Bangladesh ties. China regards Bangladesh as a natural partner and important for China's opening up westward. He said China is willing to maintain high-level visits, deepen pragmatic cooperation and push forward the construction of the BCIM Economic Corridor with Bangladesh. China hopes the two countries can promote people-to-people exchanges, and cooperate and coordinate in both international and regional issues. China is committed to promoting China-Bangladesh partnership to a new level, according to Wang. Moni said Bangladesh attaches great importance to the bilateral relationship and thanks China for its valuable support and assistance to socioeconomic development in Bangladesh. She said Bangladesh will actively support a
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's three-day visit to Beijing from Oct 22, following the visit of Premier Li Keqiang to New Delhi in May, is the first instance of reciprocal visits by the two heads of government in the same year since 1954. China's first premier, Zhou Enlai, and India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, visited India and China in the same year, that is, in 1954. Singh's visit is expected to set the stage for enhanced bilateral engagement between the two countries with key regional and bilateral issues figuring on his agenda. India figures in China's new "major-nation diplomacy" - an initiative launched by the new leadership after taking office in March 2013 - with China being keen on strengthening ties with its western neighbor. High-level and state visits have been acting as major confidence-building measures between the two countries for a long time. India established diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China barely six months after it was established in Octob
The world's two most populous nations will try to remove a long-term irritant in their relations by signing a border agreement. The Border Defense Cooperation Agreement may be signed during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to China, which starts on Tuesday, Press Trust of India said.
Border disputes between China and India will be resolved through peaceful negotiations, with the two countries agreeing to seek a fair and rational solution acceptable to both sides, a press release said Saturday. After two-day talks on border issues between the two countries, the Chinese Foreign Ministry release said, "(The two sides agree to) give full play to the (existing) mechanisms on border-related issues and maintain peace and tranquility in border areas before issues are resolved." It was the 16th round of talks of this kind, attended by Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, both as special representatives. During the "constructive and fruitful" talks, Yang and Menon also exchanged views on bilateral ties as well as international and regional issues of common concern in a candid and in-depth way. The two sides believe that the development of the China-India relationship is in the interests of the two nations, the region and the world at l
A senior Chinese official Monday called for better China-India media exchanges and cooperation in order to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the people of the two countries. Cai Mingzhao, head of the Information Office of the State Council of China, said media is an important tool to disseminate information, transmit culture and bridge different civilizations. "They serve as a bridge to enhance understanding between the people and to foster friendship," he told a conference of media forum held in the Indian capital, which was attended by about 50 Indian and Chinese journalists, scholars and experts. For his part, Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid said it is extremely important for the media of the two countries to help the two countries enhance trust and the ability to understand each other through a "common language" and "media speaking words." For doing so, he said the media of the two countries can create a "hybrid" of languages which translates ideas into a comm
Premier says policies must help balance growth and reforms Premier Li Keqiang assured on Monday that the nation's economy will have "a good ending" in 2013, which will enable it to have "a promising beginning" for 2014. Li made the comment while briefing representatives to the 16th national congress of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions. He also vowed to carry out reforms and ensure employment as economic growth stabilizes. Macroeconomic policies should continue to balance growth and structural reforms, he said. "We are confident of achieving the main targets of economic and social development this year," Li said. Li highlighted the continuation of a "proactive employment policy" to create more opportunities in the labor market, measures to improve the income of rural migrant workers, and the promotion of social security for employers. He warned that risks and challenges still exist, which may weaken the economic recovery, although the economic indicators in the third quarter showed the