Top legislator calls for strengthening co-op between China, India
Updated: 2015-06-16 18:41
Zhang Dejiang (L), chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), meets with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on June 16, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]
NEW DELHI -- Chinese top legislator Zhang Dejiang has called for strengthening cooperation between legislative bodies of China and India.
Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), arrived in New Delhi on Saturday for his four-day official friendly visit at the invitation of Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha or Upper House of Indian Parliament, and Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of the Lok Sabha or Lower House of Indian Parliament.
This is Chinese top legislator's first visit to India in 14 years.
Zhang discussed the issue with the two parliament leaders of India respectively, saying one of purposes of his visit is to upgrade the level and improve the quality of the current cooperation between the legislative bodies of the two countries.
Zhang proposed that the two sides should carry out more close exchanges of legislative bodies at all levels to increase mutual understanding, strengthen experiences of governance exchanges, and seek a better understanding of each other's policies and laws to establish well-being legal environment to promote strategic and pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.
Leaders of both houses of the Indian parliament expressed wish to have more contacts with China's NPC and exchange experiences in economic and social development, lawmaking and law enforcement.
During his visit, Zhang also met with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Zhang conveyed the cordial greeting from Chinese President Xi Jinping during his meeting with the Indian president on Monday.