Narendra Modi congratulates Xi Jinping on re-election, says he looks forward to working on bilateral relations

Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Chinese President Xi Jinping on his re-election for a second five-year term, saying he looks forward to working with him to further develop Sino-India relations.

File image of Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi. PTI

File image of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

Xi, 64, was unanimously elected by the 2,970 deputies of Chinese parliament the National People's Congress (NPC) last week.

“Dear President Xi Jinping, congratulations on getting re-elected as the President of the People's Republic of China”, Modi said in his message posted on his account on the Chinese social media platform Weibo on Monday.

“I look forward to working with you for further development of our bilateral relations," he said.

Modi had opened his account in the popular social media blog Weibo during his visit China in 2015. He has 1,83,379 followers.

Earlier, the NPC also ratified a proposal to remove the two-term limit for president paving the way for Xi to become leader for life.

India and China are currently making diplomatic efforts to improve the relations following the 73-day long standoff at Doka La in the Sikkim section.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale recently visited Beijing and held talks with top-level Chinese officials, while Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has recently said that she planned to visit China next month.

Modi and Xi are expected to meet this year on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit to be held in June this year at the Chinese city of Qingdao.

Updated Date: Mar 19, 2018 14:54 PM

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