During the telephonic conversation, Modi thanked Premier Li for his message of felicitations.

Noting that China was always a priority in India’s foreign policy, Modi underlined his government’s resolve to utilize the full potential of strategic and cooperative partnership with China and his keenness to work closely with the Chinese leadership to deal with any outstanding issues in the bilateral relations by proceeding from the strategic perspective of developmental goals and long-term benefits to the people of the two nations.

Modi welcomed greater economic engagement between the two countries.

The two leaders agreed to maintain frequent high-level exchanges and communication.

Modi extended through Premier Li an invitation to President Xi Jinping to pay a visit to India later this year.

“Telephone Diplomacy! @PMOIndia has cordial telephonic talk with China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang. High level interactions discussed,” tweeted MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

“China always a priority in India’s foreign policy - @PMOIndia to China's Premier Li Keqiang in telephone conversation,” he added.

The Chinese Premier had earlier congratulated Modi after he was sworn-in as the Prime Minister and also called India as China’s ‘natural cooperative partner’.

China had expressed keen interest to establish high-level contacts with India's new leadership at the earliest to step up engagement in political, trade and economic areas.

"China attaches high importance to relations with India and is ready to work with the new Indian government to maintain high-level contacts," China's influential State Councillor Yang Jiechi told India’s Ambassador Ashok K Kantha earlier.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has also expressed his desire to visit India and work with the new leadership in New Delhi.

Last year, the Chinese Premier made New Delhi his first stop abroad after he took over the high office to convey the importance China's leadership attached to improving relations with India.
        
Chinese leadership has established political contacts with Modi during his long years as Chief Minister of Gujarat.
    
China was waiting for the new government to take over to decide on establishing its first industrial park in India to balance to address India's concerns over trade deficit.

Several Indian states already made presentations, offering a number facilities including land for the park. India also sought China's help in modernising railways to lay high speed tracks.

China and India can work together: China Daily

China and India need not be rivals and can in fact work together on development issues, a leading Chinese daily said.

In an editorial "Congratulations to Modi" (dated May 27), the China Daily said western rhetoric about China and India ‘is seldom free from a conception that the two countries are rivals’.

"Yet as two developing countries pestered by wealth and development gaps, China and India can work together when it comes to development," it said.

It underlined that Beijing and New Delhi have, by and large, managed their differences well over the decades.

JPN/Agencies

Latest News from India News Desk