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It’s a “treasure for mankind,” says Sonia

Visits the world famous Terracotta Warriors museum in Xi’an


“Unforgettable experience to visit this unique site”

Delegation visits Grand Mosque of Xi’an


— PTI Photo

EIGHTH WONDER: Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma and diplomat Karan Singh at the Terracotta Warrior Mausoleum in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi province on Sunday.

Xi’an (China): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday visited the world famous Terracotta Warriors museum in Xi’an, where the first contacts were made between the ancient Chinese capital and India.

“The Terracotta Warriors symbolise the enduring splendour and artistic richness of China’s civilisation,” Ms. Gandhi wrote in the visitors’ book at the museum in the capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

“It is an unforgettable experience to visit this unique site. The life-like depictions of the soldiers of the army of the Qin Emperor have won the admiration of people the world over,” she wrote.

“This precious heritage of China is a treasure for all mankind.”

Ms. Gandhi visited the museum in December 1988 along with her husband and Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

“I am profoundly moved to be in the presence of this great and ancient civilisation. It was from here that the first contacts were made between Xi’an and India. I salute this great civilisation, your great country and the friendly people of China,” Rajiv Gandhi wrote in the visitors’ book on December 22, 1988 during his historic visit to China, normalising Sino-Indian relations.

This time, Ms. Gandhi, Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), is accompanied by her son and AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who also took great interest in knowing the history behind the terracotta warriors, considered the eighth wonder of the world.

The terracotta army, accidentally unearthed in 1972 by some villagers, is regarded as both a cultural heritage and a great tourist attraction worldwide. The delegation also visited the Grand Mosque of Xi’an. The guests were accompanied by the chief Imam, who recalled the contributions made by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his Chinese counterpart Zhou Enlai.

Talks “very fruitful”

Ms. Gandhi described her talks with the top Chinese leadership on Sunday as “very fruitful” .

“I had the opportunity and privilege to meet the Chinese leadership and had very fruitful talks, exchanging views on a number of important topics of interest to the two countries,” Ms. Gandhi said during a meeting with the Communist Party of China (CPC) Secretary of Shaanxi Province, Zhao Leji. — PTI

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