Chinese premier calls for enhanced cooperation, trade with India (2)

08:10, December 16, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (3rd L, front) attends the India-China Business Cooperation Summit in New Delhi, India, Dec. 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

Wen said the two countries have wide-ranging common interests in the global economic and trade system, and share the same or similar stances on many major economic and trade issues.

He said that the two nations should learn from each other in their respective reform and opening-up processes, enhance communications and coordination and safeguard their common interests.

Calling his ongoing visit to India a journey of friendship and cooperation, Wen said China is willing to cooperate with New Delhi to expand the scale and range of their economic and trade cooperation, and bring it to a higher level.

He said both sides need to further tap the potential to substantially increase their trade volume, and promote trade development in a balanced manner and jointly fight protectionism.

The premier called for efforts by both sides to create a favorable environment for mutual investment, implement the pact for investment promotion and protection, ease the restrictions on authorization, on capital and personnel flows, and explore the possibility of setting up international economic and trade cooperation zones in each other's country to promote bilateral trade and investment.

China and India should also expand cooperation in such areas as finance, tourism, energy and environmental protection, and strength exchanges in science and technology, education, culture and healthcare, Wen said.

He added that the two countries should also promote mutual understanding and friendship between their peoples.

The Chinese leader, in addition, called for more exchanges between the two countries' business circles and the establishment of more platforms for such interactions.

He also suggested that the two nations' chambers of commerce and business associations serve as a bridge to help enterprises in both countries know more about and explore each other's markets.

The 21st century is the century of Asia, in which both China and India can achieve a lot, Wen said.

He called on the business communities of both countries to actively participate in bilateral economic and trade cooperation to contribute to the great rejuvenation of the two ancient civilizations.

Wen's visit is the first to India by a Chinese premier in four years. It follows Indian President Pratibha Patil's visit to China in May -- the first by an Indian head of state in a decade.

Wen was scheduled for talks with Singh on Thursday morning on bilateral ties and international and regional issues of common concern.

He will also attend events marking the 60th anniversary of China-India diplomatic ties, and meet with Indian people from various circles before concluding his tour on Friday.

India is the first leg of Wen's current two-nation trip, which will also take him to Pakistan.

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