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Wen Calls upon Chinese, Indian Youth to Work for Long-term Friendship

Visiting Premier Wen Jiabao called upon the youth of China and India to make joint efforts to enhance the long-term friendship. 

"Youth is a nation's future and best hopes. At the moment when a new historic opportunity unfolds itself for greater China-India friendship and cooperation, I hope young people of the two countries could work hand in hand for a better future in the 21st century," he said when addressing the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Tuesday morning.


Wen reviewed the history of the contact between China and India, and put forward four-point proposal that the two countries could promote strategic partnership:


First, enhancing mutual political trust, and stepping up mutual learning and emulation.


Second, expanding economic cooperation for mutual benefit and win-win result.


Third, strengthening bilateral cooperation in international and regional affairs and maintaining the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.


Fourth, carrying forward the peace-loving tradition in both countries and promoting peace and development of humanity. Since ancient times, the forefathers of China and India have demonstrated their love and passionate pursuit of peace.


The premier said the Chinese government attaches great importance to developing friendly relations with India, and his current visit is precisely aimed at enhancing friendship and expanding cooperation between China and India.


During the visit, the two governments reached agreement to cultivate China-India ties from a strategic perspective, formulated the political guiding principles for the settlement of the boundary question, put forward a five-year plan for our trade and economic cooperation.


"China hopes to see a peaceful and prosperous India. By the same token, a peaceful and prosperous China is also in India's interests," he said.


Wen concluded his India tour and went back to Beijing late Tuesday. Prior to India, he has already visited Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.


(Xinhua News Agency April 13, 2005)

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