Premier Wen addresses Indian Council of World Affairs

19:45, December 16, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivered a speech at the Indian Council of World Affairs on Thursday, saying the two countries agree that there is enough space in the world for the development of both China and India and enough areas for the two countries to cooperate.

He said that "China takes seriously India's concern about the trans-border rivers, and we are ready to further improve the joint working mechanism."

"We will do whatever we can and do it even better," Wen said.

"I would like to assure our Indian friends that the upstream development activities by China will be based on scientific planning and study and will take into consideration the interests of both upstream and downstream," he added.

The China-India boundary question is a "historical legacy" and its resolution requires patience, Wen said.

"It will not be easy to completely resolve this question. It requires patience and will take a fairly long period of time," Wen said.

"Only with sincerity, mutual trust and perseverance can we eventually find a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution," he added.

He says China and India should expand, deepen converging interests.

Source: Xinhua
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