Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on July 24, 2018
Q: On July 23, Chinese President Xi Jinping visitedRwanda and the two countries signed 15 documents on bilateral cooperation. The same day, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his business delegation also arrived in Rwanda and signed bilateral cooperation agreements with that country. How do you evaluate the prospect and room for the cooperation between China and India in Africa?
A: On July 23, President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Rwanda and held a talk with President Paul Kagame. The two heads of state agreed to strengthen strategic synergy, fully leverage complementary strengths and work for more fruitful outcomes of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two sides. They also witnessed the signing of an array of bilateral cooperation documents, including that on the Belt and Road. President Kagame said that the Belt and Road means an important opportunity to both Rwanda and Africa at large, and Rwanda is willing to actively participate in the cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road.
We noted that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Rwanda for a visit the same day, and signed a series of bilateral cooperation documents with Rwanda.
As the two largest developing countries and emerging markets in the world, both China and India are willing to help Africa accelerate its industrialization within the framework of South-South cooperation and achieve its self-development. We are also ready to deepen the cooperation in various fields with African countries to achieve mutual benefit and win-win outcomes. China and India are partners sharing the same vision in this regard.
This April, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an informal meeting in Wuhan. In June, they met again on the sidelines of the SCO Qingdao Summit. According to what is scheduled at this point, the two leaders will hold another meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in South Africa. This will be the third meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi just in months, which fully showcases the positive momentum in China-India relations. We hope that the two sides will follow through on the consensus between the two leaders to vigorously explore "China-India plus one" or "China-India plus X" cooperation to achieve mutual benefits and win-win outcomes between China and India and other countries, and jointly make contributions to promoting regional and world peace, stability, development and prosperity.