The China-India Forum, organised jointly by Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, Sichuan Province (SASS), China; International Management Institute (Delhi, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar); and Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), was held at the SASS campus in Chengdu from September 13 to 14, 2017, on the theme of 'Economic development and poverty alleviation'. The opening ceremony consisted of keynote speeches delivered by Liu Jie, Vice Governor of Sichuan Province; Li Houqiang, Secretary of SASS Committee of CPC; Hou Shuiping, President of SASS; Arindam Banik, Director of IMI, Kolkata; and Parmod Kumar of ISEC. Guo Xiaoming, Vice President of SASS, presided over the ceremony. Prof. Arindam Banik, in his keynote speech, mentioned that India and China are naturally sister countries. Their similarities and their associations are great, numerous, and intimate. He observed that both the countries’ key objectives are essentially the same: to enable domestic transformations by accelerating growth, preserving strategic autonomy, protecting people and responsibly helping shape the world. He added that this cannot be achieved by conflict, but only through co-operation. The next India-China Forum will be held in September 2018.