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Indian PM Singh meets with visiting Chinese FM Yang

(Xinhua)

11:11, March 02, 2012

NEW DELHI, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who met here Thursday with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, said the India-China relationship is one of the most important bilateral ties in the world.

There is enough space in the world for India and China to grow and work together. The relationship has tremendous potential. The Indian Government is firmly committed to its strategic and cooperative partnership with China and stands ready to make every effort to advance cooperation in all fields, Singh said.

The Indian prime minister said New Delhi will host the fourth BRICS Summit late March, which India believes will present an important opportunity for member states to enhance cooperation and jointly rise to challenges.

The Indian side warmly welcomes Chinese leader to attend the meeting and wishes to use the opportunity to push for further growth of its bilateral ties with China, said Singh.

For his part, Yang Jiechi said that under the current international and regional situation, China and India enjoy broad prospects for growth of bilateral ties. 2012 is an important year for the two countries to build on the past progress and usher in a better future.

The two sides have agreed on programs of exchanges and cooperation, which will increase friendship between the two peoples, advance exchanges and cooperation in various fields and send a positive signal about the growth of the relationship.

The two sides have also agreed to maintain high-level exchanges and contacts, strengthen diplomatic consultation and dialogue as well as exchanges between parties, legislatures and the militaries to enhance strategic and political mutual trust; take advantage of such mechanisms as strategic economic dialogue to raise the level of economic cooperation and trade and explore new areas of cooperation; expand people-to-people exchanges and increase media exchanges and communication; further advance the progress of border talks and make good use of the newly established working mechanism for consultation and coordination on border affairs so as to better maintain peace and tranquility in the border area.

The Chinese foreign minister said that the BRICS Summit to be held in New Delhi at the end of March is expected to send a positive signal of win-win cooperation and unity among its members who will work for world economic growth and their people's well- being.

The Chinese side stands ready to fully support and cooperate with the Indian side to ensure success of the Summit and make new contribution to BRICS cooperation. We will also like to use this opportunity to further enhance coordination and cooperation with the Indian side on international and regional affairs and promote regional and global peace and prosperity, said the Chinese foreign minister.

Yang arrived here on Feb. 29 for an official visit to India.

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