Wen arrives in India for visit

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao started his official visit to India here Wednesday in a bid to boost political mutual trust and understanding while cementing cooperation in economy and trade between the two neighboring countries.

"My current visit is aimed at promoting friendship, expanding cooperation, building on our past achievements and opening up new dimensions for mutual benefit and common development of the two countries," Wen said in a written statement released at the airport upon his arrival.

China and India are connected by mountains and rivers and enjoy a traditional friendship dating back more than 2,000 years, said Wen, adding that this year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two neighbors.

In 2005 the two countries announced the establishment of strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity when Wen paid his first official visit to India.

Wen is expected to hold talks with Indian leaders on bilateral relations and cooperation as well as international and regional issues of common concern.

"China-India relations face major opportunities and enjoy broad prospects," said the Chinese premier, saying that the friendship and cooperation between the two sides have seen comprehensive and rapid progress.

During his visit, Wen will attend a business forum and deliver a speech at a research institute, and meet with Indian people from all social sectors.

India is the first leg of Wen's two-nation trip. He is also to pay an official visit to Pakistan on Friday.

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