India-China relations have a historic basis and ancient foundation. They are built on the people-to-people contacts. This bottom-up approach has been the driver of the informal dialogues between President Xi and PM Modi.
Both of them have stressed the need for people-to-people contact to get most from the opportunities that exist in the 21st century.
They met in Gujrat, Modi’s home state, on the banks of the river Sabarmati. Then they met in Xi’s home province of Shaanxi. Recently, they met in Mamallapuram on the beach of India’s eastern ocean-Bay of Bengal- from where the ancient trade between India and Fujian in China was kicked off. These symbolic gestures have now been transformed into more significant events in 2020 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and China.
Cultural, religious and trade promotion events besides military exchanges, were recently announced on Friday. These activities are meant to demonstrate the historic connection between the two civilizations as well as their growing bilateral relationship. They are further expected to deepen people-to-people exchanges between the two countries at all levels, including between their respective legislatures, businesses, academics, cultural and youth organizations as well as the defense forces. Well before this decision, the TERRE Policy Centre of India and Operation Earth of China launched the joint expedition for nature and wildlife conservation in 2018. Youth from India and China participated.
This joint expedition recognizes that ecosystem degradation is miserably trapped between political apathy and societal ignorance. Climate change is accelerating that degradation. “The Goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have rightly identified the partnership as the strategic tool and crucial means to attain the targets “, said of the Chen Liangzhong, Founder CEO of Operation Earth and Former Consultant of World Bank who was instrumental in making this expedition happen. Read: