|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 on Wednesday hailed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to China as a "landmark" event in bilateral relations, which will inject new impetus to ties between the two countries.
"This is another high-level visit between China and India after my visit to India in May, and it is the first time since 1954 that the Chinese premier and Indian prime minister visit each other in the same year," Li said during talks with Singh.
Li said the Indian government and people have effectively responded to the recent powerful tropical cyclone in the country's east, which caused deaths and property losses. He expressed condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and those affected.
Li also thanked India for successfully rescuing 17 Chinese ship crew members near waters off India's eastern coastline earlier this month.
Singh recalled his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Durban in March on the sidelines of a BRICS summit and Li's visit to India in May.
Singh said Li's visit to India in his maiden trip shows the importance that the new Chinese leadership attaches to its ties with India.
Singh arrived in Beijing on Tuesday night for a three-day official visit to China.
President Xi and top legislator Zhang Dejiang will also meet with Singh separately.
The Indian prime minister will deliver a speech at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
Chinese premier holds talks with Indian PM
BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held talks with visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday morning.
During the talks, the two sides exchanged views on bilateral relations and other issues of common interest. Full story
China, India to boost cooperation: FM spokeswoman
BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- China and India will sign an array of documents during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's upcoming visit to China to boost bilateral ties, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying here Tuesday.
This is the first time that the two heads of government have completed exchange of visits within one year since 1954, Hua said at a daily press briefing. Full story
Indian PM arrives in China for visit
BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Beijing on Tuesday night for a three-day official visit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with the Indian prime minister, and Premier Li Keqiang will hold talks with him during his visit. Top legislator Zhang Dejiang will also meet with Singh.Full story