Senior Chinese official meets with Indian PM

08:26, November 02, 2010      

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Zhou Yongkang, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi Monday.

Zhou, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and also secretary of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, first conveyed the cordial greetings and good wishes from Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao to Singh.

He said his main purpose for this visit is to attend the second seminar on Sino-Indian relations, jointly held by the Communist Party of China and the Congress party of India, and to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Indian diplomatic relations.

Zhou said that although his visit was brief, he personally felt the brilliant and long history and culture of India, its achievement of development as well as the sincere wish of the Indian people to develop friendly relationship with China.

Zhou said that since India launched its economic reform 20 years ago, the country has withheld the shock from the international financial crisis and has developed into one of the fastest growing countries in the world, on which China wishes to congratulate.

He said that strengthening political mutual trust with India is the key to deepen cooperation with the country and that the leaders of the two countries should often exchange views in great depth and with great frankness on major issues of mutual concern.

Zhou said China and India have 2.5 billion population and there exists a great space for developing cooperation in economy and trade, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

He said that both China and India are faced with the heavy task of developing their own economy, improving people's living standard, and safeguarding social stability.

Zhou said while China is making its 12th "five-year plan" and India making its 11th "five-year plan," China wishes to increase political trust with India, expand cooperation of mutual benefit, and deepen the strategic cooperative partnership with India.

Prime Minister Singh asked Zhou to convey his cordial greetings to President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.

He said that the friendly relations between India and China play an extremely important role in promoting peace, stability and development in Asia and even in the whole world.

Singh said India sticks to an independent and self-reliant foreign policy and puts at the most important position the development of good neighborly relations with China. He said that in the past several years, China has made tremendous achievements in economic development and India wishes to strengthen exchanges at all levels with China, and enhance cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment, while learning from China the experiences in reducing poverty.

Zhou said since the People's Republic of China was established in 1949, the Communist Party of China has been searching for ways to promote prosperity of the Chinese nation. In this, China has met with both successes and setbacks.

He said that in the past 30 years since China adopted the policy of reform and opening-up to the outside world, China has been working out a road of development which fits its circumstances with Chinese socialist characteristics, while making achievements in economic and social development, which has drawn attention from the whole world.

Zhou said that during the implementation of its 11th "five-year plan", China has maintained stable and relatively quick development of its economy and the Chinese people's living standard has further improved while the country has maintained social harmony and stability.

He said that the world is marked by diversity and multiple characteristics of different nations, and each nation has the right to choose its own road of development in accordance with its particular circumstances. He said that China respects the choice of the Indian people for the country's road of development, and China also appreciates the respect by the Indian people of the choice by the Chinese people of their own road of development.

Zhou said that the boundary problem between China and India is one of the historical problems. He said how to seek a good solution to this problem will have a significant meaning for increasing the traditional friendship between the peoples of China and India.

He said that in the past five years, China and India have studied the framework for solving the boundary problem according to the political guidelines of principles jointly fixed by the two countries for solving the boundary problem.

Zhou pointed out that both China and India are experiencing a rare period of quick economic development. China wishes to work with India in an joint effort to push forward a good and sound solution to the boundary issue. But before such a solution is achieved, the two countries must safeguard peace and stability at the border areas.

Zhou said the Tibetan issue concerns the core interest of China. China appreciates the official position of India over this issue and expresses gratitude for the efforts made by India to help the smooth hosting of the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai World Expo by China.

Prime Minister Singh said that he is very glad to see that a high degree of agreement has been reached upon all the issues in their talks. He said India is willing to work with China to further push forward a solution to the boundary problem.

He said the Tibetan autonomous region is an inalienable part of China and the Indian government does not allow Tibetans living in India to carry out anti-Chinese activities.

Zhou, who arrived here on Sunday for a three-day official visit, also met with Indian Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna on Monday.



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