|Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) holds a welcome ceremony for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before their talks in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 23, 2013. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held talks with visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Beijing on Wednesday.
Li said both China and India are major developing countries and emerging market economies, and that Sino-Indian relationship is among the most important bilateral relations in the 21st century.
This year is a harvest year for China-India relations. Chinese President Xi Jinping had successful meetings with Singh in Durban, South Africa, and it is the first time the two countries' leaders have made reciprocal visits within 12 months for nearly 60 years. Frequent high-level visits have sent positive signals on China-India friendship to the world, he noted.
China will continue to strengthen political mutual trust and reciprocal cooperation with India making new contributions to peace and development of the region and the world, Li added.
Li said the two countries are important neighbors and cooperative partners, whose developments are opportunities for each other. Their cooperation will not only benefit the two peoples, but also exert a far-reaching influence on Asia and the whole world. China is ready to work work with India to greatly promote the development of bilateral ties.
The premier called on the two countries to strengthen strategic security cooperation, maintain regular high-level exchange of visits and contacts, deepen their strategic communications and coordination, and strengthen dialogues and consultations at various levels and in various areas.
Li urged the two countries to expand trade and economic cooperation by expanding pragmatic cooperation in various fields, promoting both trade and investment, starting negotiations on regional trade arrangement as soon as possible, boosting cooperation in establishing industrial parks and building infrastructures such as railways, opening markets to each other and advancing the establishment of the economic corridor linking Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar.
He called on the two sides to expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, through the celebrating of the Year of Friendly Exchanges in 2014, and increasing exchanges between between localities and media.
Li called on the two countries to control and manage their disputes. Meetings of special representatives on the border issues must continue so that a solution acceptable to both sides could be found, he said, adding China is ready for greater cooperate with India on the transborder river issue.
Li also called on the two countries to enhance multilateral cooperation, saying that China and India should cooperate and coordinate closely within the framework of the G20 and BRICS, jointly advancing Doha round of trade negotiations, cooperate on global issues such as climate change, antiterrorism, energy and food security, and protect the interests of China and India and other developing countries.
Singh thanked Li for choosing India as the first leg of his first overseas trip as the Chinese premier, saying that the historic visit in May produced broad consensus on deepening bilateral strategic cooperation.
He said he fully agreed with Li's suggestions to further promote bilateral relations, and added that relations with China are a high priority of India's foreign relations.
The fact that the prime ministers of the two countries visited each other within the same year in 2013, the first time since 1954, is a clear indication of the good momentum in bilateral relations and bright future of this relationship, Singh said.
He said India hopes to enhance bilateral relations through increasing political mutual trust, expanding common interests, and enhancing mutual understanding.
After an hour of talks, the two prime ministers witnessed the signing of nine documents covering cooperation in areas including culture, defense, education, energy, localities communication and transportation.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and top legislator Zhang Dejiang also met with Singh on Wednesday.
The Indian prime minister will deliver a speech at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on Thursday morning.