Year 2014 is being celebrated as the ‘Year of Friendly Exchanges between India and China’. A 100-member Indian Youth Delegation led by Secretary, Youth Affairs Shri Rajeev Gupta will visit China from 25th November to 2nd December, 2014.
The exchange of youth delegations between India and China started in 2006. The Ambassador of China to India Shri Le Yucheng here today called on the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal to discuss the matters related to bilateral cooperation and people-to-people contact.
During their meeting both sides noted that India China bilateral relations have witnessed all-round progress in the past about a decade with several key visits of political leaders of the two countries, starting with the visit of Indian Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee to China in 2003. The recent visit of the Chinese President H.E. Xi Jinping will help in further strengthening the India China relationship.
Both sides also noted that a 100-member Chinese Youth Delegation visited India during 11-20 September, 2014 under the youth delegation exchange programme. Both sides also noted that during the recent visit of the Chinese President H.E. Xi Jinping, it has been decided that from 2015 to 2019, 200-member Youth Delegations will be exchanged between the two countries. 2015 has been designated as the “Visit India Year” in China and 2016 as the “Visit China Year” in India.