Manmohan, Wen meet to boost partnership: Chinese envoy

The meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and China in Hanoi on Friday would further advance the strategic partnership between the two countries, Chinese envoy to India said.

New Delhi: The meeting between the Prime
Ministers of India and China in Hanoi on Friday would further
advance the strategic partnership between the two countries,
Chinese envoy to India Zhang Yan said today.

"In the next few days the Prime Ministers of the two
countries will meet again in Hanoi. The frequent high level
interactions have provided a solid foundation for our
cooperation in all areas," the Chinese ambassador said at the
Hong Kong-Guangdong business conference here.

His statement came days ahead of the scheduled meeting
between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese
counterpart Wen Jiabao in Hanoi.

Yan said President Pratibha Patil`s China visit in May had
given a boost to India-China relations to a new high and the
upcoming meeting between the two Prime Ministers would also go
a long way in exploiting the huge potential of these historic
ties.

While the Chinese Premier is expected to visit India at
the end of this year, a top leader and Politburo member of the
Chinese Communist Party Zhou Yongkang will arrive here this
month end to hold discussions with the Indian political
leadership.

The Chinese ambassador said that in 2008, during the visit
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to China, the two nations had
signed a shared vision for the 21st century and committed to
promote global peace and common prosperity by further advancing
the strategic partnership.

Maintaining that the bilateral trade volume grew 20 times
from USD 2.9 billion in 2000 to USD 61.7 billion in 2008, Yan
said in the past three years, the investment between China and
India also increased 10 times.

In spite of the global financial crisis, China and India
"have achieved relatively good recovery and maintained a fast
rate of growth," he said.

The strength of the two economies and their complementarity
with each other has "offered great opportunities to the
business community all over the world", he said and exhorted
Indian business to invest in China especially in IT and
financial sectors.

-PTI

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