Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference on December 25, 2018
Q: A couple of days ago, China and India successfully held the first meeting of the High-level People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges Mechanism. What are the special considerations for the two countries to launch the mechanism at this point?
A: Establishing the China-India High-level People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges Mechanism is an important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting in Wuhan in April this year. Enhancing people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and India, the two ancient civilizations in the world, can help carry forward the tradition of exchanges and mutual learning between the Chinese and Indian civilizations, meet the aspirations of the two peoples for exchanges and mutual understanding and satisfy the current needs of developing bilateral ties in an all-round manner, thus boasting huge room and potential for development. This year, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held four meetings. Under the strategic guidance of the two leaders, China-India relations have demonstrated a sound momentum of development in an all-round way. Officially launching the mechanism at this point is an important step to implement the consensus of the two leaders, an important measure to promote the growth of China-India relations in an all-round way as well as setting up an important platform for the rejuvenation of the oriental civilization. It will help cement the public support for bilateral ties, promote the sound growth of China-India relations, and enable different civilizations to co-exist in harmony and jointly uphold peace and stability of the world.
Several days ago, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi successfully co-chaired the first meeting of the mechanism with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi and reached a series of important consensus, which marked a good beginning of this mechanism. Going forward, we hope that the relevant departments from the two countries will leverage their respective strengths to carry out various and colorful activities in the eight key areas of cultural exchanges and preservation of cultural relics, education cooperation and language teaching, tourism cooperation and personnel exchanges, youth and sports exchanges, media exchanges and media environment and academic exchanges and co-production as agreed by the two sides so as to deliver tangible benefits to the two peoples, attract more people, including more youngsters to devote themselves to the great cause of China-India friendly exchanges, foster wide-range exchanges and cooperation involving the 2.7 billion people in our two countries, and lay a more solid social foundation and create a more favorable climate of opinion for the Chinese dragon and Indian elephant to dance together.