Quotable quotes from visiting Chinese premier in India

16:31, December 16, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao continued his official visit to India Thursday in a bid to boost political mutual trust and understanding while cementing cooperation in economy and trade between the two neighboring countries.

The following are some quotable quotes made by Premier Wen during his visit here on Wednesday.

"My current visit is aimed at promoting friendship, expanding cooperation, building on our past achievements and opening up new dimensions for mutual benefit and common development of the two countries," Wen said in a written statement released at the airport upon his arrival.

China and India are connected by mountains and rivers and enjoy a traditional friendship dating back more than 2,000 years, said Wen, adding that this year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two neighbors.

"There is enough room in the world for China and India to develop both countries and cooperate with each other," Wen said during a speech before a bilateral business cooperation forum that attracted about 600 business elites from both countries.

"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.

"Our trade volume has increased by 20 times in the past 10 years, and our mutual investment has brought rich benefits to both sides," Wen said.

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.

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

When presenting the China-India Friendship Contribution Award to several Indians who have contributed to the development of bilateral ties, Wen said the continuous development of China-India relations cannot be achieved without the efforts by Indian friends.

"I sincerely hope that the people of all walks of life of the two countries will join hands and make new contributions to pushing forward China-Indian friendly cooperative relations," said the Chinese premier.

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 China-Indian relations, whose influence is on the rise.

Source:Xinhua

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