Remarks by H.E. Consul General Zheng Xiyuan at Sino-India Think Tank Forum (Mumbai)

On 7th Dec. Consul General  Zheng Xiyuan Delivered a speech at Sino-India Think Tank Forum at Gateway House in Mumbai, entitled "To Push Exchanges and Cooperation between Sino-Indian Think Tanks towards New Stage", whole text as followed:


Honorable President Wang Weiguan, Ambassdor Deo, Director Athur, Vice President Desai,

Dear Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Morning!


First of all, please allow me, on behalf of Chinese Consulate General in Mumbai, to extend our sincere congratulations on this forum!

In Spring last year, a think tank delegation, composed of both ORF Mumbai and Gateway House, paid a study visit to Beijing, where they were warmly received by CASS. During the  blooming season in Beijing, Dr. Li Xiangyang signed MOUs with Dr. Kulkarni of ORF, and with Dr. Athur of Gateway House, respectively. Those MOUs are a concrete part of fruits for Prime Minister Modi's visit to China. Today, having experienced much hard work in both sides, we are now harvesting new fruits. The opening of this forum symbolized a new stage of exchanges and cooperation between our think tanks, and it also give birth to a new bilateral think tank mechanism. I have to say that it comes not so easy and all of us need cherish it more.


I still remember, a few years ago, when I was working at Chinese Embassy in Greece as Political Counsellor. President Wang Weiguang visited Greece. And I had a honor to receive him and his delegation, and more surprisingly, I got a singed book named on interests by the president. The book deeply analyses and reflects interests, the most common and fundamental phenomenal of human' society, and it is profoundly inspired. As Karl Max once said, all human endeavors to do is closely related to interests. This morning, we are getting together with purpose of finding out how China and India, two major countries that jointly proposed the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence, could properly handle their bilateral relations in this new era. I believe all of us are working for the common interests of 2.5 billion peoples of our two countries, as well as for the benefits and peace of the whole human society.


Here are many old friends and teachers of mine from both India and China, and one of them is Prof. Zhang Yuyan, Director-General of Institute of World Economics and Politics, CASS. We worked together at Chinese Consulate General in New York in 1990s, then he was my leader and older brother, what we strongly agreed to one another was to establish a mechanism between think tanks of different countries. Think tanks have always played a very crucial and excellent role when dealing with some complicated problems. Today we are drawing some experiences from past to discuss and handle Sino-Indian relations, and I believe it is of great values.


In the history of Sino-Indian relations, Intellectuals from both sides have played pioneering roles in pushing close ties of understanding each other between our two peoples. Over 1500 years ago, Intellectuals such as Fa Xian, Kumarajiya, Xuan zang, translated Buddhism Scripts into Chinese, greatly helping enriching the core values of Chinese culture and shaping special oriental philosophy system. In return, a lot of historic written record left by ancient Chinese intellectuals laid a foundation for Indian people to study their past history. In recent history Tagore visited China several times, Dr. Kotnis sacrificed his life in North China war front line, Prime Minister Nehru and Premier Zhou Enlai jointly initiated "the spirit of Bandung Conference", all of them being classic examples for strengthening cooperation and exchanges between two ancient civilizations. The internationalism they stand for has even now posed impacts on the development of Sino-Indian relations. In recent years through regular exchanges and visits, both countries leaders have reached a consensus on further deepening bilateral cooperation relations. In may 2016 when President Xi Jinping met with Indian President Mukherjee, both of them agreed to push two countries' strategic and cooperative partnership towards higher level. Now all the experts and scholars from both sides would once again jointly contribute their talent and wisdom to development of bilateral relations, and write a new chapter of glory. I firmly trust that, against the background of current profound changes of international situation, enhancing exchanges and cooperation between our think tanks would further promote world peace, common development for both our two peoples and for whole human beings as well!

Wish the forum success!          

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