India-China Relations are improving and it has the potential to dramatically improve further with cultural and people to people contact. India and China are working to initiate a high-level forum for people-to-people exchange which can boost cultural and civilisational links as part of the ‘Wuhan Consensus’ reached between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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As per a report in Indian media, Wang Yi, Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister, is expected to visit India later this year for the first meeting of the dialogue mechanism with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
The objective of this dialogue is to encourage people-to-people and economic, cultural and media contacts to cement the relationship, particularly among the youth so that the legacy can be carried forwarded. In this connection, they pointed out how ‘Bollywood’ films and songs were becoming a craze in China and had the potential to bring two nations together.
“The Governments of India and China are very well aware that we need to boost people-to-people exchanges between our countries. Therefore, we are also focusing on ways to enhance tourism between India and China so that greater numbers of our people travel to the other country,” they added.
Indian PM Modi, who has already met Xi thrice this year in Wuhan, Qingdao and Johannesburg, will again meet the Chinese President again in November on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit. Both the leaders are cosying up to each other and this is good news for India-China relations.