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Chinese FM Yang meets with Indian counterpart in New Delhi

(Xinhua)

08:09, March 02, 2012

NEW DELHI, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna in New Delhi Thursday.

Yang Jiechi said that China-India relations enjoy a sound momentum of growth. The two countries have exchanged high-level visits. Business cooperation and people-to-people exchanges have produced fruitful results. The two sides are developing closer coordination on issues concerning major emerging developing countries. Their relationship promises a bright future.

The Chinese government is committed to enhancing the strategic and cooperative partnership between India and China. China stands ready to work together with India in the preparation of the BRICS Summit. It is important to give full play to the leading role of the Summit and turn it into a new opportunity for all sides to build consensus and deepen cooperation, he said.

Yang also elaborated on China's views on the Summit and had an in-depth exchange of views with his counterpart regarding the outcome document, cooperation projects and preparation work.

S. M. Krishna said India gives priority to growing its relations with China. It is consistently committed to developing the strategic and cooperative partnership between the two countries. The India-China relationship is a multi-faceted, friendly and good-neighbourly relationship on bilateral, multilateral and regional levels, which has assumed new global dimensions, with exchanges and cooperation developing at a more positive pace. Regular high-level exchanges of visits play an important role in maintaining a robust relationship.

The Indian side is looking forward to welcoming the Chinese leader to the upcoming Summit. The Summit has emerged as a useful platform to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation among members on global and regional issues of shared interests. The Indian side takes the views of the Chinese side with seriousness and hopes to further its communication and coordination with the Chinese part to ensure the success of the Summit.

The two sides agreed that there is enough space for India and China to grow together and enough areas for mutual cooperation. A stable and steadily growing China-India relationship is not only in the interest of the Chinese and Indian peoples, but also conducive to peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and the world. They agreed on bilateral programs of exchanges and cooperation for 2012.

High-level visits and contacts will be maintained and efforts will be made to explore and expand cooperation, and conduct dialogue on maritime cooperation. Sensitive issues will be handled properly to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border area. They also worked out overall planning for dialogue and consultation between the two foreign ministries and agreed to increase media exchanges.

The two ministers also exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual interest.

Yang arrived in New Delhi on the evening of Feb. 29 for an official visit to India.

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