Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping received the IAAF Golden Order of Merit from IAAF president Lamine Diack, a media report said. Xi met the world athletics head on Saturday, roughly an hour before he formally opened the 15th IAAF World Championships, Xinhua reported.
During the meeting at the Bird’s Nest National Stadium, the venue for the world championships, Xi praised the IAAF’s efforts to promote athletics around the globe and to enhance the friendship between different peoples. Xi noted that China hopes to contribute to world athletics by hosting the biennial world championships, saying the country will continue to support the world athletics movement and to make greater contribution in the future. Diack spoke highly of China’s contribution to the overall development of world sports, athletics in particular, and expressed the IAAF’s wish to strengthen cooperation with China
Both countries are seeing new achievements in their political cooperation
China also talks about the importance of its ties with India
China on Thursday said its ties with India have been on an upswing recently and both sides have seen new achievements in political cooperation and various other fields. Beijing said it wants to work with New Delhi to sort out their disputes to keep the bilateral ties on the right track.
“Recently, thanks to the concerted efforts from the two sides, China-India relations have been developing with a sound momentum. We have seen new achievements in political cooperation and various fields,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.
He was responding to questions about India’s attempt to improve ties with China, including shifting the event of the Dalai Lama, who Beijing calls a “splitist”, from New Delhi. “We attach importance to developing ties with India. We would like to work with India under the guidance of our two leaders, to maintain our exchanges at all levels, enhance our trust and properly manage our differences and ensure that bilateral relations could move forward along the right track,” Lu said.
A sort of bonhomie seems to have returned between the two countries whose armies almost came to blows along their disputed border last year.
Both sides have stepped up bilateral talks, with a host of high profile visits lined-up between them. Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan was in India to discuss the yawning trade deficit between the two countries.
India’s Defence and External Affairs Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Sushma Swaraj are due to visit China in April. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in June in China. IANS