Special Report: President Hu attends Outreach Session of G8
Backgrounder: Key facts
about G8 summit
Backgrounder: Toyako, venue
for 2008 G8 summit
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
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
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
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
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
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
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