India, China developing relationship of substance: Indian ambassador

15:10, December 13, 2010      

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The convergence of interests of India and China will transcend rhetoric and manifest itself in substantial cooperation and interaction, Indian Ambassador to China Dr. S. Jaishankar said in Beijing Monday.

"This could be expressed in different dimensions of our relationship: on bilateral ties, on regional questions and on global issues," he told Xinhua.

India hoped Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India in mid December would raise the level of bilateral cooperation, Jaishankar said.

Relations had developed positively since Wen's last visit in 2005, when China and India agreed to establish a "strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity."

He said the two countries had built up a record of interaction in a range of fields, from agriculture and environment to urbanization and transport.

"Even on our differences, we have managed them well while seeking long-term solutions," he said.

Bilateral trade reached 49.8 billion U.S. dollars for the first 10 months and the two nations are expected to achieve their trade target of 60 billion U.S. dollars by 2010.

"What the sharp increase in bilateral trade really tells us is that there is a natural fit between the economies of India and China at their present stage of development," he said.

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