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

13:40, December 17, 2010      

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The following are highlights of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's activities in India Thursday, the second day of his three-day official visit to the country.

-- Wen held talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh and they reached broad consensus on bilateral ties and regional and global issues of mutual interest.

During the talks, Wen and Singh agreed to establish a mechanism for regular exchanges of visits between heads of state/government. They also welcomed the opening of a telephone hotline between the Chinese premier and Indian prime minister and agreed on regular consultations between the two leaders on issues of importance to both countries.

They urged both sides to jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas, and to maintain cooperation in various fields.

They agreed to continue making use of the meeting mechanism between special representatives in border issues, and to seek fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solutions to the issues through negotiations.

Both sides also decided to establish a strategic economic dialogue mechanism and a China-India CEO's forum, and to set a new bilateral trade target of 100 billion U.S. dollars by 2015.

After the talks, a joint communique was released on consensus reached by the two leaders.

-- Wen delivered a speech at the Indian Council of World Affairs, touching upon issues such as bilateral relations, the China-India boundary question and trans-border rivers.

He said China and India agree there is enough space in the world for the development of both countries and enough areas for them to cooperate.

He announced that the two countries have decided to launch the mechanism of regular mutual visits by heads of state and government to provide stronger political guidance to the development of bilateral relations.

He the border question was "a historical legacy" and its resolution requires patience.

Wen said China takes seriously India's concern about the trans-border rivers and is ready to further improve the joint working mechanism.

"We will do whatever we can and do it even better," he said, adding: "All the upstream development activities by China will be based on scientific planning and study and will never harm downstream interests."

-- Wen also met with Indian President Pratibha Patil and they called for enhanced cooperation between the two countries.

During the meeting, Wen said that a stable and prosperous India not only benefits the Indian people, but also is conducive to peace and development in the region and the world as a whole.

Wen expressed the hope that the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Sino-Indian diplomatic ties would become a new starting point for the development of the relations.

China is willing to work together with India, from a strategic height and a long-term perspective, to push for more fruitful cooperation between the two sides in various fields including politics, economy, science and technology, and culture so as to realize common prosperity, he said.

-- During his meeting with Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Wen urged both countries to strengthen exchanges in politics, economy, and culture and humanitarian aspects.

China and India share common interests and views on many major issues, and friendly cooperation has always been the mainstream, he said.

While acknowledging the existence of some differences and contradictions between the two countries on some issues, he called on both sides not to sidestep them.

-- When meeting with the president of the Indian National Congress (INC) party, Sonia Gandhi, Wen hailed the INC for its long-term contribution to the development of India's relations with China.

The Communist Party of China is willing to strengthen exchanges with the INC, enhance mutual understanding and trust, and boost the development of the China-India ties, as well as the inter-party relations, Wen said.


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