Modi In China: Historic Responsibility To Turn This Relationship Into A Source Of Strength

15/05/2015 10:39 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands before they hold a meeting in Xian, in China's Shaanxi province, on May 14, 2015. Modi began a three-day trip to China on May 14 by inspecting the Terracotta Warriors as a festering border dispute colours relations between the Asian giants. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kim Kyung-Hoon (Photo credit should read KIM KYUNG-HOON/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking in Beijing on Friday, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India and China had a "historic responsibility" to resolve outstanding differences, build strong economic ties, and improve people-to-people contact between the two neighbours.

"We have a historic responsibility to turn this relationship into a source of strength for each other and source of good for the world," said Modi, who is on a three-day visit to China. "We are committed to set a new direction between the two largest Asian countries."

Both nations have signed 24 agreements during Modi's visit on a wide-range issues ranging including trade negotiations, railway administration, space cooperation and climate change.

Modi said a high-level task force would be set up to expand economic relations in infrastructure, IT, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and manufacturing."

"This has been a very productive and positive visit. I look forward to working with President Xi and Premier Li," he said.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said, "We will serve as two engines of Asia."

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