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|Tuesday, January 16, 2001, updated at 08:05(GMT+8)|
China's Top Legislator Meets Governor of Indian StateChina's top legislator Li Peng met in Bangalore Monday evening with V. S. Rama Devi, governor of Karnataka Pradesh, shortly after his arrival in this southern business hub of India.
Li, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People' s Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, said he was glad to visit this state, which has played a very important role in India' s economic development.
He spoke highly of the state's capital, Bangalore, for its leading role in the information industry, especially in the software technology and its status as the "silicon valley" of South Asia.
Li noted that both China and India are striving to develop economy and improve their people's living standard and they should learn from each other's strong points to offset their respective weaknesses, become complementary to each other and undertake various forms of exchanges and cooperation.
He expressed the belief that bilateral economic, scientific and technological cooperation could enter a new stage following the improvement of relations between the two countries.
Li expressed the hope that the two developing powers join hands to develop high-tech industries, especially information technology.
Devi agreed to Li's viewpoints on the bilateral relations, saying China's development had left her deep impression during her visit to China.
She hoped that the two countries would develop a better relationship and undertake closer cooperation. She added that bilateral cooperation in the high-tech sector would benefit the whole world.
After the meeting, the governor hosted a dinner in Li's honor. Li's entourage, including his wife, Zhu Lin, were present at the meeting and dinner.
Bangalore is the fourth leg of Li's week-long Indian tour and he is scheduled to return to Beijing on January 17. On his way home, Li is to make a stopover in Hyderabad, also a booming city in southern India.
Li started his India tour by flying into Mumbai on January 9, as guest of Chairman Krishan Kant of India's Upper House of the Parliament and Speaker G.M.C. Balayogi of the House of the People.
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