|Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing Holds Talks with His Indian Counterpart on the Development of Bilateral Ties|
On February 13, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing held talks with his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee in the Indian capital of
During the meeting, Li said the Sino-Indian relations have maintained a favorable momentum of comprehensive development with the successful visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao last November and the recent meeting between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the East Asian Summit. The leaders of the two countries reached important consensus on deepening their strategic cooperative partnership, which shows clearly the direction for the development of bilateral ties, said Li.
Li said bilateral economic and trade cooperation has been developing rapidly and the exchanges and cooperation in the areas of energy, science, technology, culture and education have been deepened in an all-round manner. The two countries have also conducted sound coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, he added.
Agreeing with Li's comments on bilateral ties, Mukherjee said the development of India-China relations is conducive to both sides as well as regional and world peace and stability.
With the landmark visit of the Chinese president and the meeting between the Chinese premier and the Indian prime minister, the two countries should implement the consensus reached by their leaders in an all-round and earnest manner as soon as possible so as to push forward the bilateral ties, said Hu.
The two foreign ministers also announced the formal start of a hotline between them. They said