Kantha presented the copy on Tuesday to Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Kunsheng.

Kunsheng welcomed Ambassador Kantha to Beijing and expressed the hope that the latter would have a successful tenure.

Kantha expressed his determination to work with the Chinese Government to maintain the present momentum in the relationship and enhance it in all areas.

In this context, the Assistant Foreign Minister and Ambassador noted the importance of ensuring the success of the Year of Friendly Exchanges in 2014.

Ambassador Kantha, who has many years of experience on India-China relations, arrived in Beijing on Sunday to take charge as the Indian ambassador there.

As Head of the East Asia Division of the Ministry of External Affairs during 2003-2007, Kantha played a significant role in shaping India's relations with the countries of the region, including China.

Earlier, he served as the Consul General of India to Hong Kong and Macau from 2000 to 2003.

Before coming to Beijing, Ambassador Kantha served as Secretary to the Government of India at the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi till January 2014.

He had a long stint as the High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka from November 2009 to May 2013.


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