Premier Wen's visits to India, Pakistan produce fruitful results: Chinese FM (2)

08:47, December 20, 2010      

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Yang said both China and India are each other's important neighbors. The two are emerging developing countries with ancient civilizations.

The past 60 years since China and India established diplomatic relations have witnessed both progress and setbacks in the development of bilateral relations, but friendship and cooperation are always the mainstream of their ties, Yang said.

At present, the Chinese-Indian relations have maintained a good momentum of overall development. The two sides have established a strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity and bilateral cooperation in various fields has been expanded, Yang said.

During the visit to India, Wen held talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh and met with Indian President Pratibha Patil, as well as leaders of major parties.

Both sides have exchanged views on bilateral relations and major regional and world issues. Wen also delivered a speech at the Indian Council of World Affairs.

During his meetings and in his speech, Wen elaborated on China's policies and stance on the China-India relations, recalled friendly exchanges between China and India, spoke highly of the sound development of the China-India relations and cooperation in various fields in recent years. He also defined the orientation of the development of bilateral relations.

Wen reaffirmed that there is enough space in the world for China and India to develop jointly and cooperate with each other.

Wen said China and India have similar national background and have experienced similar sufferings. Both countries are facing the same challenges and in the same critical period of development.

China and India should enhance political and strategic trust, expand cooperation in all fields and strengthen coordination on regional and international issues with a view to promoting the development of the China-India relations on the basis of mutual benefit and cooperation to seek common development, Wen said.

Wen noted that China and India should always be partners and friends, not rivals, hoping this can be a firm faith of both sides.

Meanwhile, Indian leaders much appreciated Wen's comments and stance on the China-India relations, saying that India attached great importance to the development of the India-China relations, cherished the friendship between the two countries and was willing to work together with China to further deepen and enrich the India-China strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity.

The two sides issued a joint communique, announcing the establishment of a mechanism for regular exchanges of visits between heads of state/government, opening a telephone hotline between Chinese premier and Indian prime minister, and a mechanism for annual exchanges of visits between foreign ministers.

Both sides also agreed to seek fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solutions to the border issues through negotiations.

Both sides should work jointly to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas before the issues are fully resolved, Wen said.

The two sides also signed a number of cooperative agreements in the fields of economy, culture, environmental protection and media.

Promoting practical cooperation between China and India is the main content of Wen's visit to India. In his speech at the China-India commerce cooperation summit, Wen said the bilateral economic and commercial cooperation is a win-win one with a bright future.

Both sides should dig deep potentials of economic and commercial cooperation, create good investment climates to expand cooperation fields, strengthen exchanges between enterprises and push bilateral cooperation to a larger, wider and higher level, Wen said.

During Wen's visit to India, both sides decided to establish a strategic economic dialogue mechanism and a China-India CEO's forum, to set a new bilateral trade target of 100 billion U.S. dollars by 2015 and to expand cooperation in investment, high technology and energy.

Human and cultural exchange is another focal point of Wen's visit to India. Wen and Singh participated in the activities to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the China-India diplomatic relations.

The two sides declared that the year of 2011 will be the "Year of China-India Exchange," during which each side will invite 500 youth from the other side for a visit.

Wen said people are the foundation of the China-India friendship. Both sides should steadily promote mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, particularly between the young people, to enrich the contents of bilateral relations.
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