BANGALORE: The India-China Friendship Association (ICFA) on Sunday celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Panchsheel Treaty — the five principles of peaceful co-existence signed between India, China and Myanmar in 1954.
Liu Youfa, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, spoke on making the strengthening of bilateral ties a priority as the Narendra Modi government takes charge. “India is at the threshold of new governance. Strengthening the Indo-China relationship should be a priority and we need to work towards increasing bilateral trade activities,” he said.
Sailing in One Boat
He said India and China are facing common challenges as the world is looking at both the countries as potential superpowers. There is a need to work towards peaceful co-existence at this time, he said.
Also present at the event was Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa who, while welcoming Liu’s suggestion, accused China of “destroying the Panchsheel”. The document was signed between former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Zhou Enlai, the first premier of the People’s Republic of China.
Home Minister K J George stressed the need to strengthen bilateral ties through mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, non-aggression and non-interference and mutual benefit.
An exhibition of photographs of leaders and milestones in Indian and Chinese history was organised on the occasion. Former Union minister M V Rajashekhar was present.