Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi discussed ways to strengthen people-to-people contact and cultural ties between the two countries. Both leaders discussed steps to enhance cooperation in tourism, art, films, media, culture, yoga, sports, academics and youth exchanges on Friday in the first-ever meeting of India-China High-Level Mechanism, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
Putting people to people ties at the centre— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) December 21, 2018
1st meeting of #IndiaChina High-Level Mechanism co-chaired by EAM @SushmaSwaraj & Chinese State Councilor & FM Wang Yi. Discussed enhancing cooperation in tourism, art, films, media, culture, yoga, sports, academic & youth exchanges pic.twitter.com/hanjCVIzRy
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in New Delhi on Friday in for a four-day visit. Sushma Swaraj and Wang Yi also discussed bilateral cooperation between India and China and the prospects of enhanced military cooperation.
Bridging the gap through media cooperation— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) December 21, 2018
EAM @SushmaSwaraj and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with distinguished members of Indian and Chinese media participants at the beginning of the 3rd India-China High Level Media Forum in New Delhi. pic.twitter.com/kPEEblHQjn
"India-China High-Level Media Forum underscores the seminal role played by the media of our two countries in building mutual appreciation and understanding", spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at 3rd India- China High Level Media Forum Inaugural Session in Delhi: People to people exchanges must increase between India and China. It will serve as progress for the entire mankind. pic.twitter.com/TPHF9dCUb6— ANI (@ANI) December 21, 2018
Speaking at the forum, the Chinese foreign minister said, "People-to-people exchanges must increase between India and China. It will serve as progress for the entire mankind".
After the Wuhan informal summit in China this year, both India and China began taking measures to reset ties, which dipped to a new low after the Doklam standoff last year.
Earlier on Thursday, as part of a goodwill gesture, India relaxed visa norms for Chinese nationals by extending an e-visa facility to those that visit India to attend conferences or those who visit as medical attendants.