Chinese president meets Indian PM on bilateral ties, global issues 2008-07-08 16:51:23   Print

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    SAPPORO, Japan, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao met Tuesday with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, discussing bilateral relations and global issues such as climate change, energy and food security.

    During the talks, President Hu said that China-India relations are in the best period and are facing a valuable opportunity for development.

    China is willing to work with the Indian side to promote cooperation and exchanges in various fields, continuously substantialize the China-India strategic partnership, and advance the stable, sound and long-term development of bilateral relations, said Hu.

    The world today is undergoing major changes and adjustments, featuring the rise of key developing countries such as China and India, which is an irreversible trend, he said.

    As major developing countries, China and India bear the common tasks of developing economy, improving people's livelihood, safeguarding world peace, and promoting common development, Hu added.

    The two nations are also faced with common challenges such as climate change, energy and food security, and the Doha round of the World Trade Organization talks.

    Hu said that China is ready to strengthen contact and coordination with India to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries in a bid to achieve common development.

    The two neighbors should strengthen cooperation on major international and regional issues, so as to create together a regional environment of peace and stability, equality and mutual trust, and win-win cooperation. The cooperation would also help build a world of lasting peace and common prosperity, said the Chinese president.

    Singh, for his part, said that India and China are strategic partners and that promoting friendly and cooperative relations with China is the consensus of the Indian government and people.

    The two sides have witnessed rapid growth in economic and trade during the past several years, conducted satisfactory exchanges in areas of defense and security, and made consultations and cooperation in global and regional issues like climate change and food prices, said Singh.

    On the demarcation of borders between the two countries, Hu expressed hope that the two sides should work out at an early date a fair and just solution acceptable to both sides, in the spirit of peace and friendship, consultation on an equal footing, and mutual respect and understanding,

    Noting the important headway already made, Singh suggested the two sides make joint efforts to preserve peace and tranquility in the border areas before a final resolution is achieved, he added. He also expressed hope that the two sides should continue to facilitate the process.

    The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games is scheduled to open in a month's time. Hu said that the 2008 Beijing Olympics is a grand sports event for Asia as well as for the world at large. It has drawn wide attention and has rallied broad support from the international community, including that from India, said Hu.

    He expected outstanding performance of the Indian athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    Singh said that as an Asian country, India is delighted to see the achievement made by China. He wished the historic Beijing Olympics an enormous success.

    During their talks, President Hu expressed heartfelt thanks to the Indian government and leaders for their support and assistance to China's quake-hit southwestern Sichuan province.

    Hu also offered condolences to the family of the victims and those injured during a bomb attack at the Indian embassy in Afghanistan on Monday.

    The Chinese president arrived here late Monday for the outreach session of the Group of Eight (G8) summit scheduled for Wednesday in the northern Japanese resort of Toyako.


Chinese president leaves for G8 summit outreach session

    BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao left here Monday afternoon for Japan to attend the Outreach Session of the Group of Eight (G8) Summit, at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

    Hu's entourage included Ling Jihua, member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of General Office of CPC Central Committee, Wang Huning, member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and director of Policy Research Office of the CPC Central Committee, State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister in charge of the National Development and Reform Commission Zhang Ping, Minister of Agriculture Sun Zhengcai, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming, Director of the President's Office Chen Shiju and Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jieyi. Full story

Japan summit to test G8 leaders on climate change, world economy and security

    TOYAKO, Japan, July 6 (Xinhua) -- When the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations gather in Hokkaido, Japan, this week for their annual summit, they face the challenge of showing greater resolve to fight global warming, remedying the world economy and easing tensions in the world's hot spots.

    The host country Japan has put talks on climate change high on the agenda of the meeting in the northern resort of Toyako, building on the outcome of last year's summit in Germany, where leaders agreed to seriously consider a target of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Full story

G8 summit opens with focus on Africa on Day 1

    TOYAKO, Japan, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The three-day summit of the Group of Eight (G8) kicked off on Monday with the first session bringing together leaders of the industrialized nations and their counterparts from seven African countries.

    Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, who is playing host for the G8 annual gathering, greeted other G8 leaders and the African leaders at the start of a working lunch at the hilltop Windsor Hotel in Toyako, a resort town on the northern island of Hokkaido. Full story

Editor: Wang Hongjiang
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