Senior CPC official arrives in New Delhi for goodwill visit

08:50, November 01, 2010      

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Zhou Yongkang (R), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee of the CPC Central Committee, arrives in New Delhi for a goodwill visit to India on Oct. 31, 2010. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Zhou Yongkang, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for a goodwill visit.

Zhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of CPC Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, started his visit with a written speech distributed at the airport.

In the written speech, he said China and India have a history of friendship of more than 2,000 years. The five principles of peaceful coexistence that China and India jointly advocated in the 1950s have not only become the basis of bilateral relations but also a widely-accepted code of conduct in international relations which have made great contributions to safeguarding the world peace.

In recent years, China-India relations have maintained a good momentum in all fields, while political mutual trust has deepened, mutually beneficial cooperation and people-to-people exchanges expanded. The two countries have also had good cooperation in international and regional issues.

Zhou said both China and India are developing countries and the development of good-neighborly cooperation is in accordance with the fundamental interests of the two countries and the aspirations of the two peoples, and will benefit peace and development of the region and the world at large.

Zhou said China has always regarded China-India relations as among the most important bilateral relations. Now bilateral ties are at an important stage of development, facing new opportunities.

Zhou said he came to New Delhi with a wish to boost mutual trust, deepen friendship, expand mutual understanding and promote cooperation.

He said he expected to hold frank and in-depth exchange of views on China-India relations and issues of common concern with leaders of the Indian government and political parties, in order to promote the stable and healthy development of the strategic cooperative partnership between China and India.

During his visit, Zhou will attend a seminar on China-India relations, which is co-organized by the CPC and the Indian National Congress party to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.

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