China and India, the world's two biggest developing countries,
reinforced their confidence to further develop ties, vowing to
promote their relations to a higher level.
In a speech delivered at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
in Beijing, a top government think tank, visiting Indian Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh demonstrated his confidence about the role
the two nations will play in transforming Asia and the world.
"I look forward with optimism to the future and the role which
India and China are destined to play in the transformation of Asia
and the world," he said.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh delivers
a speech at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, capital
of China, Jan, 15, 2008. Singh is in China for a three-day visit
that began on Sunday. It was his first visit since taking office in
2004. (Xinhua Photo)
Singh conveyed his optimism to Chinese President Hu Jintao in their meeting on Tuesday
afternoon, saying Sino-Indian relations are facing new and bigger
opportunities to develop, and the cooperation between the two would
benefit not only Asia, but also the world at large.
Echoing Singh's view, Hu said the countries should maintain
high-level exchange and cooperation in various fields, calling on
the two to deepen the strategic dialogue and cooperation in an
effort to intensify the political and social foundation for the
development of the bilateral relations.
Hu suggested the two sides fortify their cooperation in fields
such as trade, energy, science and technology and investment. He
proposed sensitive issues be settled through dialogue based on the
spirit of mutual respect and equal consultation.
The two nations should also work closer to address global
challenges and safeguard the interests of developing countries, he
China and India on Monday signed a joint document of their
shared vision for accelerating bilateral ties and making joint
efforts in contributing to world development.
The joint document, "A Shared Vision for the 21st Century of the
People's Republic of China and the Republic of India", covers
extensive fields, both bilateral and multilateral. It touches on
economy, politics, energy, nuclear, climate change, disarmament,
terrorism, religion, regional trade and integrity, defense and the
Officials and scholars called the document a milestone for
relations between the two countries.
Singh told Hu he was convinced the bilateral relations could
maintain the momentum of growth if based on the guidelines of the
In his meeting with Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee
of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature,
Singh said India is accelerating its pace to deepen the reform and
expanding the opening-up scheme.
The fast-growing economies of India and China would have
significant impact on the world economy, which also offered more
extensive fields for the two to consolidate cooperation, Singh
Agreeing with Singh's views on the bilateral relations, Wu also
encouraged the two parliaments to foster exchange and
"We would like to see more Indian parliament members visit China
and we hope the inter-parliamentary cooperation will contribute to
the development of the bilateral relations," Wu said.
Singh ended his three-day visit on Tuesday. It was his first
China visit since taking office in 2004.
(Xinhua News Agency January 16, 2008)