President Pranab Mukherjee to visit China

21 May 2016 | Written by Mansi Motwani; Edited by Gaurav

It was officially announced on Thursday that President Pranab Mukherjee will embark on his maiden trip to China on 24th May, 2016.

His visit will commence in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, where he will address a business gathering and also connect with the Indian community

The President said that it is essential for India and China to walk together on the world stage.

In context: The President's maiden visit to China

Indian Embassy in China

India was the first non-communist country to establish an embassy in China in the year 1950.

Sino-Indian relationsSino-Indian relations in a nutshell

Diplomatic relations between India and China began in 1950.

Relations have been characterized by border disputes, resulting in major military conflicts like the Sino-Indian War, 1962.

In March 2016, China refused to sanction Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, mastermind of the Pathankot attack, as a terrorist in the UN.

China, co-ordinating closely with Pakistan, tried to block India from entering the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

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21 May 2016President Pranab Mukherjee to visit China

Major stops during the President's tour

Itinerary Major stops during the President's tour

On May 24, the President will address the India-China Business Forum in Guangzhou to highlight investment opportunities in India.

On May 25, he will attend a reception hosted by The Chinese People's Friendship Association for Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) in Beijing.

On May 26, after addressing a meeting at Peking University, he will hold talks with President Xi Jinping and meet other Chinese leaders.

Objectives Objectives of the visit

When the President travels to China, he will engage the Chinese leadership on India's membership on the Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG).

A key highlight of the visit to Beijing is the round table of vice-chancellors and presidents of universities of India and China.

Bilateral issues covering politics, economics and people-to-people domain will be discussed.

Discussions will also cover issues of regional and global significance.

1st visit in 6 years!

This will be the first presidential visit from India to China in six years since the visit of then president Pratibha Patil in May 2010. Pranab Mukherjee will become the first Indian president to visit the city of Guangzhou, that has strong business links with India.
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24 May 2016Fake account of Indian President on Sina Weibo

Chinese authorities said an imposter set up an account in the name of President Pranab Mukherjee on the country's Twitter equivalent, Sina Weibo, which has more than 500 million users.

The account is identified as 'India President' and features India's map within a circle.

The account reportedly demeaned India saying its population was higher than China, and yet development was lower.

25 May 2016Pranab woos Chinese investors for Make in India

Promising a conducive business environment, President Pranab Mukherjee urged Chinese industrialists to engage with India under Make in India.

Addressing the the India-China Business Forum in Guangzhou, he said "we must take advantage of the opportunities that abound in the growth of both our economies."

He also asked for a greater market for Indian products in China to improve the Sino-Indian balance of trade.

26 May 2016India, China should solve crisis politically

President Pranab Mukherjee stated that India and China should solve all outstanding issues through "political acumen" and "civilisational wisdom".

In his address to the Peking University at Beijing, Mukherjee said the countries should avoid "burdening" future generations with unresolved issues.

Acknowledging the growing commitment to resolve bilateral issues, he stated that political understanding between the two countries is vital for "closer developmental partnership".

27 May 2016Pranab Mukherjee reminds China of India's support

President Pranab Mukherjee reminded China of India's unwavering support for China's membership to the UN.

He reminded China of "India's constant public support through the 60s and 70s for the admission of PRC to the UN and the restitution of its Permanent Membership of the UNSC."

The comments were made while addressing students at the Peking University at Beijing.