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India, China pledge to promote nuclear ties

January 14, 2008 17:06 IST

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India and China on Monday pledged to promote bilateral cooperation in civilian nuclear sector.

The two sides expressed readiness to forge closer strategic and economic partnership by taking advantage of important opportunities for growth and development of the two Asian giants.

India attaches 'highest priority' to developing cooperative and mutual partnership with China, Dr Singh said at a press conference after the talks at the ornate Great Hall of the People.

The prime minister, who was given a ceremonial welcome by the tri-service of the People's Liberation Army, said frequent and regular meetings at the summit level contributed greatly to development of India-China relations.

They have served to demonstrate to the world the combined mutual understanding, cooperation and trust.

Recalling Wen's visit to India in April 2005, when the two countries established the strategic and cooperative partnership, Singh said it has left a deep impression inIndia.

Welcoming the Indian leader, Wen said against the backdrop of profound changes in the Asian and international situation, our relationship faces important opportunities for development.

"Your current visit has captured wide attention of not only the people of our countries, but also the international community," he said, adding that the two sides will discuss ways and means to deepen their strategic cooperative partnership.

The prime minister's top aides were present at the 'restricted meeting' with Wen, which was followed by delegation-level talks.

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