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Chinese ambassador arrives in New Delhi

2024-05-11 08:20:15China Daily Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download

China's new Ambassador to India Xu Feihong arrived in New Delhi on Friday to assume office, vowing to promote sound and steady development of China-India relations.

Before his arrival in the country, Xu said in an interview that he would follow the important consensus reached between leaders of the two countries, deepen understanding and friendship between the two peoples, as well as improve and advance bilateral ties.

"I will reach out to friends from all sectors of India, earnestly enhance understanding and trust between the two sides, and work to restore exchanges and cooperation in various fields," he said.

When it comes to the so-called strategic rivalry between the two neighbors, he said China and India are cooperation partners, not competitors. They are each other's development opportunities, not threats.

"This should serve as the fundamental guidelines for the growth of bilateral relations," Xu said.

China and India hold similar positions in supporting multilateralism, promoting global recovery, safeguarding food security, responding to climate change and so on, he said.

As the world is facing multiple challenges, he called for closer communication and coordination between Beijing and New Delhi in global and regional affairs, saying it would bring opportunities to both sides and beyond.

It would have an important positive impact on the development of a fair and reasonable international order, he added.

Xu served as China's ambassador to Romania from 2015 to 2018 and China's ambassador to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2013.

Xu, as the 17th China's envoy to India, was preceded by current Vice-Foreign Minister Sun Weidong. Before Xu assumed office, the post had been vacant for 18 months — the longest amount of time that the post had been left vacant since China and India resumed the exchange of ambassadors in 1976.

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