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|Wednesday, May 31, 2000, updated at 09:40(GMT+8)|
CPPCC Chairman Li Ruihuan Meets Indian PresidentChairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Li Ruihuan told Indian President K. R. Narayanan in Beijing Tuesday that the president's current visit to China will lead to better relations between the two countries.
While meeting with Narayanan, who arrived on Sunday for a 7-day state visit, Li said that better relations between China and India will benefit people in the two countries and human kind as well.
The CPPCC chairman said that both China and India were proposing states of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence and the friendship between the people of the two countries has a profound basis.
He quoted the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping as saying that it won't do for China and India, the two big neighbors, not to develop friendship because the population of both countries accounts for one-third of the world's total.
"Sino-Indian friendship and cooperation serves the common interests of both countries. The Chinese and Indian people desire such friendship," he said.
Li spoke highly of the efforts by Narayanan himself, whether he was Indian ambassador to China, or vice-president or president of India. He called the president "an old friend."
The Indian president said that he is pleased to see that the India-China relations is improving. He stressed that closer cooperation between the two most populous countries will contribute to the prosperity of mankind.
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