Modi’s Greeting to China Goes Viral

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Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s greetings to Prime Minister Li Keqiang on the 94th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s establishment has gone viral in China.

Modi, who has around 100,000 followers on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, send the “Happy Birthday” greeting on Wednesday morning, and according to Wang Hao, deputy editor-in-chief of the China Daily, the message been re-tweeted across the country within few hours. The daily is the only English language newspaper in the country.

The CPC was set up in 1921, and China has major plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the party in six years. Twitter is banned in China and its local equivalent is the most popular way of sharing news in the country.

On the other hand China on Wednesday warmed India not to consider the Indian Ocean as its backyard. “If the Indian side views the Indian Ocean as its backyard,” he added, “it cannot explain why navies from Russia, the United States, Australia have the right of free navigation in Indian Ocean.

Stressing on mutual trust and cooperation China said that its motivations were driven by trade and security and not aimed at India, although with one important caveat: it would be a mistake for New Delhi to consider the ocean’s international waters as “its backyard”.

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