The Chinese and Indian peoples enjoy a long-standing friendship, Xi cited in a letter of congratulation sent to the opening ceremony of the 'Visit China Year' held on Thursday in
New Delhi.

The two people learn from each other and set a model for cross-cultural communication, playing an important role for the progress of human civiliaation, Xi said. "China and India have remarkable complementary advantages  and significant potential for cooperation in various fields," he added.

Both countries should foster traditional friendship, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation, expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and make new contributions to world peace and development, the President said.

Xi noted that the launches of 'Visit India Year' in China in 2015 and 'Visit China Year' in India in 2016 were jointly decided by him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visited India in 2014.

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