Chinese premier says Sino-Indian relations important to world peace, development

08:21, December 16, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (C) meets with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi, India, Dec. 15, 2010. Wen arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday for an official visit to India. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in New Delihi Wednesday that the relationship between China and India not only benefits the two peoples, but also is of great significance to peace and development in Asia and the world as a whole.

Speaking during an evening banquet hosted in his honor by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Wen said that recent years had witnessed enriched contents of the Sino-Indian relations, whose influence is on the rise.

He noted that the year 2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and India.

He expressed the hope that his visit would promote mutual trust and push for greater development in bilateral cooperation and exchanges in various areas, raising the Sino-Indian strategic and cooperative partnership to a new level.

Singh extended his warm welcome to Premier Wen, who is on his second official visit to India following his trip in 2005.

Singh said India attaches great importance to relations with China and cherishes friendship with the Chinese people.

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