On the invitation of International Department of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China (IDCPC), an eight member delegation of India Foundation visited Beijing and Shanghai from 06 March-10 March 2018.
The Delegation of India Foundation was led by Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha (Retd.), Former C-in-C, Western Naval Command, Indian Navy. The other members of the India Foundation Delegation were Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch (Retd.), Director, India Foundation; Shri Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Former Ambassador; Shir Hari Kiran Vadlamani, Director, India Foundation International; Dr Sonu Trivedi, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Zakir Husain Delhi College (University of Delhi), Dr. Shristi Pukhrem, Senior Research Fellow, India Foundation; Shri Siddharth Singh and Shri Krishan Bishnoi, Research Scholar, JNU.
The India Foundation Delegation visited the HQ of IDCPC and interacted with Mr GuoYezhou, Vice-Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee and with other Senior officials of IDCPC.
The interactions witnessed scholarly and candid exchange of views from both sides on critical issues such as Sino-India relations in the changing global order of 21st century as well as the possibility of cooperation between India and China in South Asia & Southeast Asia.Both sides agreed to examine the possibility of working simultaneously at bilateral and multilateral fronts to manage their differences and promote a just global order. This could in future create an India-China cooperative model for the future development of both countries. Both countries should keep the momentum of development of bilateral ties, manage existing differences and promote shared development. They should also step up strategic cooperation at multilateral frameworks such as the United Nations, BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) and work together to shape the new emerging international order in 21st century.
Mr GuoYezhou, Vice-Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, hosted lunch for the visiting delegation of India Foundation.
The delegation of India Foundation also visited China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) in Beijing and interacted with Amb. Qi Zhenhong, President of CIIS. Vice President Rong Ying and Research Fellows from Department for Developing Countries Studies of CIISattended the meeting from the Chinese side.
India Foundation Delegation visited Development Research Centre of the State Council (DRC) of People’s Republic of China in Beijing and interacted with Mr HouYongzhi, Director General, DRC and Senior Officials in the Institute. The interaction at DRC were centered around the economic development of China and how both countries can partner in economic development of the region in making 21st century as Asia’s century.
During its interaction in Shanghai, the India Foundation delegation visited Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS). The delegation interacted with Mr Chen Dongxiao, President, SIIS and exchanged views on international and regional situations and bilateral relations. Director of the Institute of International Strategic Studies Wu Jinsi, Associate Professor Liu Zongyi of the Asia Pacific Research Centre, Associate Professor Chen Youjun, and Assistant Professor Zhang Zhexin attended the meeting from the Chinese Side.
In Shanghai, India Foundation delegation visited and interacted with Huayang Communityandalso visited Museum of Cohesion Project in Shanghai.
In its interaction at various institutions in Beijing and Shanghai, both sides agreed that the foreign policy and strategic circles of the two countries need to maintain dialogues and communications on a regular basis. Equally important, people-to-people exchanges are indispensable to consolidate better understanding of the will of the people of the two countries.