There are expectations from India, China to usher in an ‘Asian Century’, says Sushma

New Delhi, Dec 21: There are “expectations” from India and China to lead Asia and usher in an Asian Century, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said here.

“As our relations are deepening and our regional and international role evolving, there are expectations from our two countries to lead Asia and usher in an ‘Asian Century’,” Ms Swaraj said in her special message to the Third India-China Think-Tank Forum.

The Forum was set up following an MoU between India and China during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to that country in 2015. The idea of the forum is to explore contentious issues and new areas of cooperation between the two countries. 

“I am pleased to know that the third India-China Think-Tanks Forum is being held on 20-21 December 2018 in New Delhi, which is being led by two premier institutes of our countries – the Indian Council of World Affairs on the Indian side and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on the Chinese side,” Ms Swaraj said.

“Through quality deliberations in its last two editions, this Forum has established itself as a useful framework for regular and continued discussions between our academics and scholars and has enabled them to provide structured advice and recommendations to governments on both sides,” she maintained.

“As we trace back our civilizational bonds and take inspiration from the spirit of mutual learning kindled by our ancient scholars, our belief in the inherent intellectual connect between our two countries is only reinforced,” she said.
“I am happy to note that this edition of the Forum is being held under the theme of – Civilization Connect towards an Asian Century,” the Minister said. 

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived here early morning on Friday on a four-day visit to India.
“Bringing our people ever closer. State Councilor & Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi arrived in 
Delhi for the launch of India China High level Mechanism on Cultural & People-to-People Exchanges that emanated from the Informal Summit between the leaders in April,” MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
During his stay, the visiting dignitary will call on the President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan and later participate in the first meeting of the High Level Mechanism on People-to-People Exchanges.

The meeting will be co-chaired by the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart. 
The decision to establish the India-China High Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges was taken during the maiden Informal Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping in Wuhan in April 2018. 

“The High Level Mechanism reflects the desire on both sides to build greater synergies in the people-to-people ties between the two countries through enhanced exchanges in areas such as tourism, art, films, media, culture, sports and academic and youth exchanges,” a MEA source has said.

Mr Wang Yi will participate in the 3rd India- China High Level Media Forum Inaugural Session and also grace the launch of the India-China Film Festival Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra here.
During his stay in India, the dignitary will visit Aurangabad and Mumbai in Maharashtra, sources
said.