By Gaurav Sharma
Beijing, May 24 (IANS) China on Friday said it was ready to deepen ties with India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was re-elected in a stunning style in the country’s Lok Sabha elections.
A day after Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Modi on his victory and said he wanted to take the Sino-Indian ties to a new height, the Foreign Ministry said China attached great importance to India.
“The 17th Lok Sabha elections were concluded smoothly and the NDA led by Prime Minister Modi won the majority. China congratulates … and President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Modi,” Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said here.
“China and India are important neighbours to each other. We are major developing countries and emerging markets.”
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies under the banner of NDA returned to power by winning over 350 seats out of the total 543 in the country’s lower house.
Congratulating Modi, Lu said: “Last year, the Wuhan summit between President Xi and Prime Minister Modi directed the future for our bilateral relations and opening up a new prospect.
“Now one year later, progress has been made in our bilateral relations and cooperation. China attaches high importance to our bilateral relations and like to work with India to deepen our political mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation for more progress and closer partnership.”
Modi and Xi had a historic meeting at the Chinese central city of Wuhan in April 2018, after their armies had a showdown near their border the previous year.
The two sought to overhaul the usually-strained ties between their countries that have a long-winding boundary dispute.
The relations have improved after the Wuhan summit. Modi will host Xi in a similar style later this year.