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Speaker meets Xi, discusses culture, yoga

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan called on Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday and discussed a variety of issues such as bilateral economic engagement, culture, youth development, clean energy and yoga.

They spoke about the historical links between the two nations and the visits of scholars, traders and historians, more notably of eminent travellers like Fa Hien and Hiuen Tsang that laid a deep foundation of people-to-people contact between India and China.

The Speaker said strengthening of cultural and traditional relations based on intrinsic human values were the need of the hour. As both countries had resurgent youth populations, it was imperative to promote youth exchange programmes, she said.

Mr. Xi said yoga was gaining immense popularity in China and his wife, Peng Liyuan, was learning it.

Ms. Mahajan presented a Maheshwari stole and a Mayur wall-hanging to the Chinese President and his wife.

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