"Under your leadership, India will achieve greater development and progress. India and China are partners in long term strategic cooperation. Therefore, let’s work together to achieve peaceful cooperation and inclusive development for the benefit of our two people and in the interest of peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and in the world," Wang said.

The Prime Minister reciprocated by saying that India is looking forward ‘to working with Chinese leadership to expand our cooperation’.

Officials said the Prime Minister appreciated the message from the Chinese President which underlined the importance attached by the Chinese government to building relations with the new government in India.

It reaffirmed China's positive perception of India's role in the world and conveyed its expectation and desire for the future direction of bilateral relations as both countries pursue their respective developmental dreams, they said.

Modi also reiterated India's invitation to President Xi to visit the country later this year.

He also accepted Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang's invitation to pay an early visit to China.

The two sides will remain in touch through diplomatic channels to make necessary arrangements for these visits and for other meetings and exchanges of leaders on the sidelines of multilateral Summits, officials said.

The Prime Minister also emphasized the potential for greater cooperation between India and China for a strong and prosperous Asia and to work for mutually beneficial trade and investment as economic partners.

He also talked about joining hands in various areas like counter-terrorism as neighbours, and promoting vigorous cultural exchanges as inheritors of ancient civilizations having extensive historical and spiritual contacts.

The Prime Minister said both the countries have strong civilization contacts and should build on it to enhance our understanding, according to officials who termed the meeting as ‘very constructive’.

Modi also talked about the visit of Chinese scholar Hiuen Tsang to his native place Vadnagar in the 7th century.

Wang, who has been sent here by the Chinese President as his special envoy to meet the new leadership, held three-hour-long talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on Sunday.

The Modi government on Monday announced its plans to engage energetically with China and work to further develop strategic and cooperative partnership. The declaration came during President Pranab Mukherjee's address to Parliament outlining government agenda.

(Agencies)

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