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India, China to set up new mechanism to promote people-to-people ties

Press Trust of India  |  Qingdao (China) 

and have decided to set up a new "people to people mechanism" to build on the momentum in bilateral ties from the Summit, as and Chinese held talks today during their second meeting in nearly six weeks.

The decision to step up people to people contacts was announced by during a press briefing after the meeting between the two leaders in this coastal city of where the Modi has arrived for the annual summit of the Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

Modi had met Xi in April in an unprecedented two-day 'heart-to-heart' summit in the central Chinese city of to "solidify" the India-relationship after the Dokalam standoff last year.

During their summit, they had held a candid exchange of views in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere on topics related to international relations, China-relations and cooperation in various areas and reached important consensus.

"During the summit, the two countries had also decided that people to people contact and people to people exchanges were a significant part of the relationship going forward that we needed to build better synergies through various means including films, culture, yoga, traditional Indian medicine, art, museum, and so on," Gokhale said.

"And in that context, the two leaders have agreed that a new people to poeple mechanism will be set up. It will be headed on the Indian side by the and on the Chinese side by the and and the first meeting of this P to P mechanism will be held this year," he added.

He said one of the important issues discussed in that context was Indian films, with Xi in fact referring to the growing popularity of Indian films in China.

Xi not only mentioned "Dangal", but also cited "Baahubali" and "Hindi Medium" as films which have been screened in China and received popular accalaim, the said.

According to information on the External Affairs Mnistry wesbite, China was one of the co-sponsors to the UN resolution designating June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

At present, the Indian community in China is around 35,500. A major part of this comprises students (over 18,000), who are pursuing courses in various universities in China.

A number of Indians and persons of Indian origin (PIOs) are also working as professionals with various multinational and Indian companies in China, it says.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 21:20 IST