The President conveyed this to visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is also special envoy of the President of China, when he called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan.     

Mukherjee said Yi's visit will further strengthen the excellent relations between the two neighbouring countries.

"There is consensus across the political spectrum in India on maintaining a close and cooperative relationship with China. The new government will strive to place the India-China relationship on a trajectory of stable growth, development and expansion," Mukherjee's Press Secretary Venu Rajamony quoted the President as saying.

The President asked the Foreign Minister to convey his greetings to Chinese President Xi Jinping and said he was eagerly looking forward to receiving him in India later this year.

Mukherjee recalled how India and China have cooperated with each other in various international fora, including the G20, IMF, World Bank in the context of global financial crisis and said both the countries have jointly contributed to the revival of the world economy.

"There is continuity in India-China relations. We must discover new dimensions in our strategic cooperative partnership and move from strength to strength," the President said.

Describing the President as an old friend of China who made important contribution to the growth of relations between the two countries, the Chinese Foreign Minister said that in today’s constantly changing international environment, China and India are new, rising powers.

"Important opportunities exist for developing relations. India and China, as two big neighbours, markets, economic power houses and ancient civilizations, should work together for peace and prosperity of the world and the entire human race. As each other’s biggest neighbours, it was essential to consolidate, continue and seek new progress in bilateral relations," Rajamony quoted the visiting Foreign Minister as saying.

(Agencies)

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