RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN, NEW DELHI

September 30, 1999

PRESS RELEASE

Given below is the text of a message from the President of India to the President of the People's Republic of China:

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Excellency,

On behalf of the Government and people of India I have great pleasure in conveying to the Government and people of China, and to you personally, warm congratulations and good wishes on the happy occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Hailing the emergence of the new China our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru had said that China " is a major fact of the 20th century" and "has become a great power united and strong".

On this 50th anniversary I recall that this year also coincides with the 1600th anniversary of the visit to India of the Chinese pilgrim-scholar Fa Xien whose arrival in India marked a highlight in the cultural and intellectual intercourse between our two ancient civilizations. It was in the spirit of this historical affinity that our respective Prime Ministers Jawahar Lal Nehru and His Excellency Zhou En Lai jointly formulated and declared the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence intended to govern the relations between the two countries which have since been accepted universally as the principles governing international relations in general. As the world's largest and most populous countries which constitute two-fifths of humanity and with millennia of history behind us, we have, Excellency, the opportunity and the responsibility to co-operate with one another in order to ensure in the new millenium, the well-being and prosperity of our peoples and to contribute to peace, stability and justice in the world.

Excellency, please accept my best wishes for your health and the well-being and happiness and prosperity of Chinese people.

With the assurance of my highest consideration,

(K.R.NARAYANAN)

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H.E.Mr. Jiang Zemin,
President of the People's Republic of China,
Beijing.

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