Mukherjee said he was briefed on the steps taken by China to bring balance in bilateral trade including facilitating greater import of agricultural and pharmaceutical products from India. "I conveyed that while addressing the imbalance is important, we should continue to expand bilateral trade," he said. The president said India and China were today the "engines driving global economic growth" and business sectors should take advantage of the abundant opportunities available in the two countries.
Referring to terrorism, Mukherjee said he conveyed to the Chinese leaders that there was universal concern over growing acts of terror and there was no good or bad terrorist. "India has been a victim of terrorism for around three-and-a-half decades. Comprehensive cooperation by all countries of the world is essential to tackle this global menace. The international community must engage in strong and effective action. As close neighbours, India and China should work together."
The president said the Chinese leadership agreed that terrorism was a menace to the entire human race. "They conveyed their willingness to enhance cooperation, including in the United Nations," he added.
China had last month blocked India's efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohamed chief and Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar designated a terrorist in the UN. India had voiced its deep disappointment at blocking of the move to ban Azhar and raised the issue with the Chinese leadership. Mukherjee said he told the Chinese leadership that India faces acute energy shortage and was engaged in efforts to significantly expand power generation. "We have announced a goal of 40 percent non-fossil fuel power generation capacity in our Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and this target can be achieved only if we rapidly expand the generation of nuclear power." The president also stressed the need to pro-actively promote contacts in tourism, between academic institutions, among students and the youth as well as through sub-regional twinning arrangements.
Terming his visit as well as discussions with Chinese leaders as "fruitful and productive," Mukherjee said that the BRICS Summit in Goa in October and the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou in September will provide opportunities to continue the bilateral dialogue. "My interaction with the Chinese leadership was multi-faceted and comprehensive. It was conducted in a warm, friendly and cordial as well as candid manner," he said. Mukherjee also invited President Xi Jinping to visit India.