Expectations from India, China to lead Asia, usher in Asian century: Swaraj

NEW DELHI: With regional and international role of India and China evolving, there are expectations from the two countries to lead Asia and usher in an Asian century, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday.

Swaraj made the assertion in her message that was read out at the the inaugural session of the third India-China Think-Tanks Forum being hosted by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) from December 20-21 here.

Her remarks came ahead of Chinese Foreign Minister Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to India to attend the first meeting of the High Level Mechanism on People-to-People Exchanges.

Talking about the visit at a media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said this was the first such meeting that will be co-chaired by Swaraj and Wang and the decision to establish the forum was taken at the Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping. (AGENCIES)