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Chinese president meets Indian prime minister


08:06, March 30, 2012

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after they lit the oil lamp according to Indian tradition during a launching ceremony of "Year of China-India Friendship and Cooperation" in New Delhi, capital of India, March 29, 2012. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

NEW DELHI, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday afternoon on the sidelines of a BRICS summit.

As the two largest developing nations and two major Asian powers, China and India face important development opportunities and China-India relations have great potential for further development, said Hu.

China is willing to see a peaceful, developed and prosperous India, and is committed to building a more rigorous China-India relationship, he added.

The Chinese president put forward a five-point proposal on promoting China-India relations.

First, the two countries should maintain high-level contacts and increase political mutual trust, said Hu. The two countries should also expand exchanges between their governments, legislatures, political parties and the military, strengthen strategic communication through various consultation mechanisms and carry out dialogues on new topics such as maritime cooperation, he said.

Second, the two sides should deepen practical cooperation and expand mutual benefits, said the Chinese president. The two countries should enhance economic policy coordination and cooperate in the fields of infrastructure, information technology, mutual investment and environmental protection.

Third, China and India should expand cultural and people-to-people exchanges so as to promote mutual understanding, he said.

Fourth, the two countries should properly handle their differences and work for peace and stability, said Hu. He urged to push forward border talks in the spirit of peace, friendship, equality, mutual respect and mutual understanding so as to jointly safeguard peace and security on the borders.

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