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‘Wants to deepen strategic cooperation with India’

President Hu Jintao has told PM Manmohan Singh that it is Beijing`s "unswerving policy" to develop bilateral ties and deepen strategic cooperation.



Beijing: Seeking to build on the "great cooperation potential" between India and China, President Hu Jintao has told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that it is
Beijing`s "unswerving policy" to develop bilateral ties and deepen strategic cooperation.

During his meeting with Singh yesterday in New Delhi on
the sidelines of the BRICS summit, Hu told Singh that "it is
China`s unswerving policy to develop Sino-Indian friendship,
deepen strategic cooperation and seek common development,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing here
on Friday.

Answering a question on the outcome of the meeting, Hong
said Hu had informed Singh that "lasting and sincere
friendship is China`s expectation of our bilateral relations."

"There is a great cooperation potential and prospect of
development for China-India relations," Hu, who was largely
credited with improving Sino-India relations during his
decade-long tenure, told Singh, in what perhaps will be his
last visit to India as he is set to retire later this year.

Hong said while declaring 2012 as the year of China-India
Friendship and Cooperation, the two leaders expressed their
willingness to elevate bilateral ties to a strategic
partnership.

Hu told Singh that "China hopes to see a peaceful,
prosperous and continually developing India and is committed
to building more dynamic China-India relationship," according
to Hong.

"China hopes to work with India to seize development
opportunities, step up development, jointly respond to
challenges and make greater contribution to peace and
prosperity of Asia and beyond," the Chinese President told the
Indian leader, Hong said.

PTI

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