External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Friday held extensive talks under a newly set up framework and agreed on “ten pillars” of cooperation to enhance cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
In her statement to media, Swaraj said the armies of the two countries are working to strengthen communication and striving to implement Confidence Building Measures (CBMs). CBMs will help in maintaining peace and tranquility in border areas which is an important prerequisite for development of ties, she said.
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Swaraj said “At a time of global uncertainty, the relationships between the two countries are a factor of stability,”
On ‘High Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges’, the two foreign ministers deliberated on ways to boost people-to people contact and cultural exchanges between the two neighbours. The setting up of the new mechanism was decided upon during the Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping.
Since the resolution of the Doklam face-off, the two countries have taken a series of measures to enhance overall ties. Wang, who arrived Delhi early Friday morning, said he had a “very successful” meeting with Swaraj.
At the inaugural session of 3rd India-China High Level Media Forum, Wang said “India-China relations have reached a new historical stage.”
Swaraj said India and China have agreed on ’10 pillars’ of cooperation to enhance cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
These pillars are cultural exchange, cooperation in films and television, museum administration and sports, exchanges between youths, cooperation on tourism, exchanges between states and cities, cooperation in traditional medicine, yoga and education.
Wang described the new mechanism for cultural and people-to-people exchanges as a “major initiative” in the history of India-China ties.