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Chinese premiers' 'Indian stories'

(People's Daily Online)

16:37, May 20, 2013

In June 1954, Chinese premier Zhou Enlai (R2) visits India for the first time. (CNS/Photo)

From May 19 to 21, Chinese premier Li Keqiang officially visits India. The relations between China and India could be described as "close", but they later fell into tension. Currently, the two countries have built moderately sound diplomatic and economic ties thanks to the joint efforts by high levels of both sides, in particular, the huge contributions made by Chinese premiers.

Zhou Enlai

Visiting India four times to get rid of obstacle

After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, India became the first non-socialist country to establish diplomatic relationship with China. From 1954 to 1960, Chinese premier Zhou Enlai visited India four times, which showed the greatest sincerity of Chinese government to develop bilateral ties and eliminate the obstacle between the two countries - the Tibet issue.

In June 1954, Premier Zhou who was attending a meeting in Geneva visited India for the first time when the meeting adjourned and initiated the famous Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.

Between November 1956 and the beginning of the next year, Zhou met with the Dalai Lama three times in India and warmed him that Indian government had "acknowledged Tibet is part of China", and "rebellion is not allowed"! Eventually, the Dalai Lama returned to Tibet in February 1957.

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