Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui visits Pangoal Institution delivering keynote speech
Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui visits Pangoal Institution delivering keynote speech

On April 27 and 28 2018, an informal summit was held between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minster Narendra Modi in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province in China. The Wuhan Summit, as a milestone in the history of bilateral relations, highlights strategic importance China and India attach to. On June 9, SCO Summit is to be held in Qingdao when Modi is to revisit China. Such intensive interviews mark new chapter of China-India relations.


Under such circumstances, on 29 May, Mr. Luo Zhaohui,Chinese Ambassador to India, pays a visit to the Pangoal Institution, attending the seminar “Mutual Way Forward of Dragon-Elephant Tango--Sino-India Relations in the New Era”and delivering a keynote speech, accompanied byCounsellorJiang Yili, his spouse andChinese consul general designate Tang Guocai in Bombay. Nearly twenty well-known scholars and experts of South Asia and India Issues participate in discussion as well as twenty main stream media, present in the seminar, carrying out intercourses and exchanges with Ambassador Luo Zhaohui.


Round table discussion on “Sino-India Relations in New Era”


As a diplomat starting from studying Indian art history, Ambassador Luo Zhaohui has been committed to promoting the friendly intercourses between China and India since taking office as Chinese Ambassador in India. The seminar, taking place during when Ambassador Luo Zhaohui returns to China taking a break, is one of activities which help scholars at home and media deepen understanding specific achievements of Wuhan Summit and push friendly cooperation between China and India forward.


The seminar is chaired byLin Minwang, academic committee member of the Pangoal Institution, research fellow of International Affairs Research Center of Fudan University. Yi Peng, president of the Pangoal Institution, extends warm welcome to Ambassador Luo Zhaohui who visits the Pangoal Institution for the second time, and emphasizes that it is necessary to build sound and stable Sino-India relations no matter for the need of international strategic game and transition of economic development or for better relations between China and its nearby countries, despite the fact that either the volume of trade or people-to-people exchanges don’t match potentials of two countries, thus demanding deeper advance in Sino-India relations.


Ambassador Luo Zhaohui and his spouse Councilor Jiang Yili discuss with president Yi Peng before seminar


Yi Peng, president of the Pangoal Institution


Ambassador Luo Zhaohui, in his keynote speech, affirms the development of the Pangoal Institution and its Indian Studies Center. He thinks that present Sino-India relations call for brilliant think tanks with the will and ability to behave to take responsibility for the country. The Pangoal Institution, with flexible mechanism and fast paces and accumulation of an assortment of resources to devote to Sino-India relations, is an example of think tanks. The development of Sino-India relations requires support from all kinds of research institutions covering college think tanks and social think tanks, and needs more lateral communications among think tanks, governments and media, so as to provide intellectual support for future Sino-India cooperation.


Ambassador Luo Zhaohui delivers keynote speech in the seminar.


Councillor Jiang Yili, spouse to Ambassador Luo Zhaohui


Later, Ambassador Luo suggests that present international situation features two growing trends: the strong momentum of developing countries and the rise of trade protectionism. Developing countries thus need to cope with them through friendly cooperation with each other. China and India, as one of the biggest developing countries, should go beyond the past and towards the future, and embrace the bright future by extending communication and exchanges.


Speaking of Wuhan Summit, Ambassador Luo suggests that the informal summit between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minster Modi discussed the landscape of how the dragon and elephant would dance together and the whole picture of the world situation. It is of great significance, fruitful and a milestone in the history of bilateral relations, of which the outcomes can be outlined with five words: friendship, cooperation, development, coordination and management. First of all, it enhanced chemistry and friendship between two leaders. This was the 13th get-together of the two leaders, creating a new model of engagement. Secondly, it strengthened mutual trust and bilateral cooperation. The two leaders agreed to continue to maintain strategic communication in different forms such as phone conversation, writing letters, meetings, etc. Thirdly, it deepened synergy between China and India’s developmental strategy. The two leaders exchanged in-depth views on governance. Fourth, it reinforced coordination on international and regional issues. The two sides agreed to carry out “China India plus” cooperation in Afghanistan and speed up the economic cooperation under the BCIM framework. Finally, both countries managed differences through friendly negotiations. State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has taken up the post of the Special Representative of China-India boundary question. The two leaders were committed to finding solutions with regard to border disputes through the Special Representatives’ Meeting while adopting confidence building measures to maintain the peace and tranquillity along the border areas.


Ambassador Luo Zhaohui also argues that after Wuhan Summit, it is critical to implement the consensus, transmit personal friendship between the two leaders down to the people, and take more concrete actions. It is important that we take the advance of Sino-India relations into consideration and devote to it through joint efforts while maintaining reasonable expectations for better Sino-India relations.


Tang Guocai, Chinese Consul General Designate in Bombay


Scholars later actively carry out exchanges over keynote speech addressed by Ambassador Luo. Sun Shihai, senior advisory of Indian Studies Center of the Pangoal Institution, director of Institute of South Asian Studies of Sichuan University, argues that the construction of a community of a community of shared future for mankind and development of good-neighbourly and friendly relations between all the neighbouring countries matters and hearing the speech by Ambassador Luo makes him confident about the future of Sino-India relations. Chang Bo, minister of the Ethnic Minority Groups Development Research Institute of Development Research Center of the State Council, argues that after Wuhan Summit, two countries actively implements various achievements, which is a valuable situation to enjoy. Li Xiangyang, minister of Chinese Association for South Asian Studies, president of National Institution of International Strategy, CASS, argues that the situation when China and India rise simultaneously needs duly handling and correctly locating Sino-India relations. Chen Lijun, vice president of Yunnan Academy of Social Science, discusses over how Yunnan Province can promote friendly relations and cooperation between two countries.


Lin Minwang, academic committee member of the Pangoal Institution, Research Fellow of International Affairs Research Center of Fudan University


Sun Shihai, senior advisory of Indian Studies Center of the Pangoal Institution, director of Institute of South Asian Studies of Sichuan University


Liu Youfa,vice chairman and member of Academic Committee of the Pangoal Institution, former consul general of the Chinese Consulate General in Mumbai


Chang Bo, minister of the Ethnic Minority Groups Development Research Institute of Development Research Center of the State Council


Li Xiangyang, minister of Chinese Association for South Asian Studies, president of National Institution of International Strategy, CASS


Chen Lijun, vice president of Yunnan Academy of Social Science


Liu Youfa, vice chairman and member of Academic Committee of the Pangoal Institution, former consul general of the Chinese Consulate General in Mumbai, argues that the present rise of China and India is the only circumstance in history when two countries rise simultaneously, under which circumstance two countries are of the same development stage and similar strategy, thus requiring two countries to avoid and control strategic competition. Zhu Cuiping, vice director of Research Institute for Indian Ocean Economics of Yunnan University, introduces the experience of how the center studies countries around the Indian Ocean. Ma Jiali, senior advisory of Indian Studies Center of the Pangoal Institution, permanent vice director of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, argues that it is of vital importance to promote Sino-India relations of guidelines from the top as well as of a more active role of media play in the process. Wang Shida, vice director of institute of South and Southeast Asia and Oceania of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, puts forward several points of view about what India is to function in Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Huang Yunda, assistant dean of School of International Studies of Sichuan University, shares his experience of how to strengthen the research study of theory and reality of India. An Gaole, associate research fellow of the Institute of South Asia Studies Yunnan Academy of Social Science, argues that media of two countries should learn to adapt so as to play a more important role in promotion of Sino-India relations. Lan Jianxue, associate research fellow of Department for Developing Countries Studies of China Institute of International Studies, argues that strengthening cultural exchanges between China and India stems from reality and increase in effective intercourses in between.


Zhu Cuiping,vice director of Research Institute for Indian Ocean Economics of Yunnan University


Ma Jiali, senior advisory of Indian Studies Center of the Pangoal Institution, permanent vice director of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations


Wang Shida,vice director of Institute of South and Southeast Asia and Oceania of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations


Huang Yunsong, assistant dean of School of International Studies of Sichuan University


An Gaole,associate research fellow of the Institute of South Asia Studies Yunnan Academy of Social Science


Lan Jianxue,associate research fellow of Department for developing Countries Studies of China Institute of International Studies


In the last Question and Answer session, issues like tendency of development of Indian economy, promotion of participation of India in the Belt and Road Initiative, India’s view of Shanghai Cooperation Organization and etc. are the most attentive for the media. Journalists from China Central Television (CCTV), CCTV News Channel, Cankaoxiaoxi.com, China Economic Information Service, Global Times, China Pictorial, CRI Online, Economic Daily, China Daily, Takunpao.com, Rmzxb.com, China Business Journal, China Business Network, Wallstreeten.com, Caixin.com, Yicai.com, China.com, China Newsweek, 21st Century Business Herald, Phoenix Weekly, etc. are present in the seminar.■

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