Backgrounder: Major events about China-India relations

Updated: 2014-09-16 15:50


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The following are some major events about China-India relations since 1949.

On July 14, 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time during the BRICS Summit in Brazil. "Joining hands for peaceful, cooperative and inclusive development to enable the 2.5 billion people in both countries to live a better life, and to promote the peace and development in the region and the world, are our biggest common interests," Xi told Modi.

In March 2013, Xi met with then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the BRICS Summit in South Africa. On May 18, Premier Li Keqiang made his first foreign visit to India to stimulate economic relations and increase diplomatic cooperation.

In 2012, then Chinese President Hu Jintao told Singh during their meeting at the 2012 BRICS summit that "it is China's unswerving policy to develop Sino-Indian friendship, deepen strategic cooperation and seek common development" and that "China hopes to see a peaceful, prosperous and continually developing India and is committed to building a more dynamic China-India relationship". Then Premier Wen Jiabao also had a bilateral meeting with Singh during the UN conference on sustainable development.

In December 2010, then Premier Wen Jiabao paid an official visit to India at the invitation of then Prime Minister Singh. The two sides issued the Joint Communiqué Between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of India during Wen's visit.

In December 2006, then President Hu Jintao made a state visit to India where he noted that bilateral relations had maintained sound momentum in recent years and the two sides had enjoyed good co-ordination in international and regional affairs.

In April 2005, China and India announced the establishment of their strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in a joint statement signed by Wen and Singh.

In June 2003, then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee made an official visit to China and the two sides signed the statement on principles and comprehensive cooperation of China-Indian relations.

In 1993, then Indian Prime Minister Narasimha Rao visited China and the two sides signed the Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Area.

In 1976, China and India resumed ambassadorial level diplomatic relations.

In 1962, border conflict interrupted the healthy development of relations between the two countries.

In 1959, China-India relations deteriorated after rebellion in Tibet.

On April 1, 1950, China and India established diplomatic relations.