Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai resonates again at luncheon for Indian media

January 13th, 2008 - 11:04 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh
By Ashok Dixit Beijing, Jan.13 (ANI): Rekindling the spirit of Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai that was first aired during the Prime Ministership of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the spokesman of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qin Gang, today said that the media contingents of India and China could play a very significant role in facilitating the enhancement of bilateral relations between the two countries. Speaking at a luncheon that he had hosted for the visiting India media here, Gang further said that the significance of the bilateral relations “goes much beyond the global impact”, and added that the whole world is eagerly paying attention to the current visit of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. “This visit has caught the eyes of the world. I sincerely hope and belief that the visit will help increase mutual trust and further promote out strategic partnership (initiated during Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to India in 2005). The Indian Prime Minister’s visit should be seen as a good opportunity to have a better understanding of China,” he said. Gang went on to say that both India and China had commonalities and similarities, and as developing countries, should make every effort to see their respective economic development and improvement of people-to-people goals as primary tasks. “In the last 30 years, we have progressed and challenges remain that need to be addressed. We are good neighbours, good friends and good partners. The Chinese people cherish this traditional friendship. We are looking forward for peaceful co-existence with India now and in generations to come. The press can send a message of friendship and cooperation. We know the media’s role in promoting this friendship,” Gang said. Speaking on behalf of the Indian Government and media, the Media Adviser to the Prime Minister, Dr. Sanjaya Baru, expressed his profound thanks for the comments made by Gang, and added that he shared every sentiment that had been voiced by the latter.
Baru said that the Indian Prime Minister’s visit should be seen as a turning point in bilateral ties and in the promotion of people-to-people relationships. This, he said, was reflected in the promotion and increased flow of businessmen, tourists to China and vice versa. The spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs, Navtej Sarna, said that Sunday’s luncheon gesture would go a long way in forging bilateral ties. He said that in his five years as a spokesman for the Indian Government, the media delegation accompanying the Prime Minister on his current visit to China, was probably the second largest ever, and media delegations should take steps to establish independent media links. Later on the evening, Sarna hosted a return dinner for the media at a restaurant in downtown Beijing that was attended by National Security Advisor M.K.Narayanan, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister T.K.A. Nair, Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon, Dr. Sanjaya Baru and other senior officials. The highlight of the evening was a rock music performance by the Chinese band Ughurs. (ANI)

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