India, China release first encyclopedia of cultural contacts
BEIJING: India and China on Monday released the first encyclopedia on their age-old cultural contacts, tracing back their history to over 2,000 years, starting from the visit of Chinese scholar Huen Tsang to India in the 7th century to bring Buddhist scriptures to China.
The two volumes of the encyclopedia jointly compiled by scholars of India and China was released by Vice President M H Ansari and his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao during their bilateral meeting.
Ansari is on a five-day visit to China which ends today. The idea of encyclopedia of India-China Cultural Contacts, which also covers the trade and diplomatic ties, was mooted during the visit of former Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao to India in December 2010.
The book traces back the centuries old civilisation links that started with the visit of Huen Tsang to India in the 7th century to bring Buddhist scriptures to China.
India-China relations have expanded significantly in both scope and intensity over the past decade, according to an official statement.
Both sides have attached great importance to cooperation on a wide range of issues with people-to-people exchanges forming an important aspect of our bilateral relations.
The two sides recognize the importance of expanding such contacts, thereby contributing towards enhanced mutual understanding.
With this shared understanding, during the visit of Wen to India in 2010, the leaders of India and China agreed on a project involving compilation of an encyclopedia of India-China cultural contacts, it said.
The work of compilation of the encyclopedia was undertaken by a joint compilation committee comprising of officials and scholars from both India and China.
The encyclopedia was released in both English and Chinese versions. It features over 700 entries, encapsulating the rich history of contacts and exchanges between the two countries in the trade, economic, literary, cultural and philosophical spheres.
Venkatesha Kamath (Bangalore, India)
Good development between both countries. Let us know each other understand that the good relationship with each other brings us number one place in world.
Then China comes up with her own encyclopedia which includes what is "Chinese territory" after such a historic relationship
What a Joke! Firstly, the Chinese should be given an encyclopaedia of Geography hahaha as they draw their own map wrongly, taking parts of India. Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh region are both an Integral part of India. What chick brained dumb fools these Chinkies are that they keep committing the same mistake again and again. It seems nothing goes into their head.
Anil Rathi (AMRAVATI)
China is not a confident country for INDIA. China ,s Financial condition is strong but what about moral value.
rsbnola (Location) replies to Anil Rathi
very true. Compared to India's moral values where women are raped on a daily basis China needs to catch up.
rvijay Vijaykrishnan (pimpri)
We missed national spirit it should have been Hindi and not on English
Bharat vamsi (Unknown) replies to rvijay Vijaykrishnan
Let hindi and other language versions also come, what is wrong in it.
It's good a first step. Next make the stories part of the school/college students syllabus in both the countires. There should be more research into cultural history between the two countries and the stories be made movies. Also there should be University level student/professor colleberation.
Baikuntha Srimani (Siliguri)
very good news.china should shun claim Arunachal..
these two nations are one of oldest civilisations of world
Manish Gupta (Unknown)
Good for India China Relation
Doujangul Misao (Unknown)
China is three decades ahead of India in every field.
Balu Iyer (Unknown) replies to Doujangul Misao
Materially Yes. Spiritually China is a few centuries behind India.
Doujangul Misao replies to Balu Iyer
What do you meant by materially..you meant to say INFRA STRUCTURALLY ..
Real truth rediscovered !!China and India have centuries old civilisation links.Hinduism and Buddhism, both have had profound effect on religious and cultural life of China. Chinese early religion was based on nature and had many things in common with Vedic Hinduism, with a pantheon of deities. Indian people are intelligent, hardworking and family-oriented, same as the Chinese. They are also very spiritual, and show tolerance and respect for other people's faiths and beliefs. In Hong Kong, the vast majority of Indians speak Cantonese. They are successful in what they do and fit into the community seamlessly.
真相发掘出来了!！中印间有着多个世纪的古老文明联系。印度教、佛教两者对中国的宗教和文化生活都有着深刻影响。中国早期宗教崇信天地, 与吠陀印度教有许多共同之处, 建有神庙。印度人跟中国人一样，聪明、勤劳、向家。他们也非常道德，对他人的信念信仰表现出容忍和尊重。绝大多数在香港的印度人说广东话。他们在自己的工作岗位都很成功，完美地溶入了当地社会。
china cannot be trusted, this can be corrected by effort of china only
Radhakrishnan Menon (Unknown)
China is shaking hands with India with the right hand and trying to punch with the left
COLRANBIRLAMBA (Location) replies to Radhakrishnan Menon
Rajat Ghildiyal (Mumbai, Maharashtra, Ind)
OK, but how does it help when China keeps testing our patience??? May time for Modi ji to test the depth of the water...
Rajinder (Kota Bharu)
this is simply fantastic news.VERY GREAT INDEED.
COLRANBIRLAMBA (Location) replies to Rajinder
Dharmesh Pandya (Unknown)
We should tottaly oppose China as they alwasy showed their two face personality
Amakant Chaudhary (Patna)
Awesome! India - China need together usher in the Asian Century. Kung Hei Fat Choy.