Highlights of Chinese premier's first-day activities in New Delhi

16:29, December 16, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao kicked off his visit to India on Wednesday. The following are highlights of his activities there.

Speaking during an evening banquet hosted in his honor by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Wen said 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.

Wen said recent years have witnessed enriched contents of the Sino-Indian relations, whose influence is on the rise.

At an earlier business cooperation forum in New Delhi, Wen said China and India are cooperative partners instead of rivals and called for efforts to further enhance bilateral trade links and jointly fight protectionism.

"There is enough room in the world for China and India to develop both countries and cooperate with each other," Wen said.

Hailing the sound momentum of bilateral ties, Wen said that economic and trade cooperation between China and India has witnessed unprecedented progress in recent years. He said it has entered the most vigorous and fruitful "new period."

"The rapid economic growth of both sides served as important engines for world economic growth," Wen said, adding China-India trade cooperation is mutually beneficial and foresees a bright future.

Wen also said China and India should fully tap the potential for bilateral trade and boost balanced trade development.

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

Wen 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 trade protectionism.

Earlier on Wednesday, Wen had an hour-long interaction with some 50 teenagers and teachers in the Tagore International School here Wednesday afternoon.

Dipping a writing brush in black ink, Wen wrote the Chinese characters for "China-India friendship" on a piece of white paper, and then wrote the same characters again on a board.

Calling language an important tool for heart-to-heart communication and a bridge for friendship, Premier Wen said he was very glad to learn that India plans to teach Chinese language in secondary schools as from next year.

Wen's visit to the school comes at a time when Indian people's interest in Chinese language is growing as the two emerging economies seek closer ties. The Indian Central Board of Secondary Education has announced plans to introduce Chinese as a foreign language in its 11,000 affiliated schools next year.

Source:Xinhua

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