NEW DELHI, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) — At a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in east China's Hangzhou city last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China is willing to work with India to maintain their hard-won sound relations and deepen cooperation.

Xi told Modi that China-India ties have enjoyed healthy, stable and speedy development over the past years, and that as neighbors and developing nations, the two countries should continue high-level exchanges.

He also said that China and India should continue dialogue at various levels and in all areas, and frequently exchange views on major issues of common interest to enhance understanding and trust. The two countries should seek synergy between their development strategies and discuss the implementation of pragmatic cooperation in large projects of infrastructure construction and production capacity, said Xi.

He proposed that the two sides strengthen people-to-people exchanges and promised that China would continue to encourage Chinese companies to invest in India. China and India should respect and care for each other on issues of major concern, and handle differences in a constructive way.

Modi said in response that strategic partnership is of great importance both to the two countries and to the rest of the world, highlighting close high-level exchanges, bilateral trade and people-to-people exchanges.