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Enough space for India, China growth: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says mutual development possible through sustained cooperation.

twitter-logoPTI | October 29, 2010 | Updated 14:58 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on Friday agreed that there was enough space in the world for both the countries to grow as they met in Hanoi in the first top level contact since the high-level defence exchanges were suspended in July following the row over stapled visas issued for people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Wen also said that he would be visiting India by the end of this year before which he wanted a "strong foundation" to be laid to make it successful.

The Chinese premier is expected to visit India on December 16.

As he met Singh in Hanoi on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit, the Chinese Premier talked about the "shared history" of India and his country.

In his opening remarks at the meeting, he said there was space in the world for both the countries to grow for which "cooperation" was needed.

"We share a strong sense of history which keeps us closer. This year marks 60th year of establishment of diplomatic ties. I am happy to announce that I will come to India by the end of the year. For the visit to be productive, we need to have consensus on laying strong foundation," Wen said.

On his part, Prime Minister Singh said, "It is always a mater of great pleasure to meet you. In last six years, we have met 10 times and each time our meeting has been a very rewarding experience."

Singh also said, "I am very glad to learn from you that the visit could take place by the end of the year."

The Prime Minister praised Wen and described him as the "architect of Strategic Cooperative Partnership Agreement" between the two countries.

"You are the architect of Strategic Cooperative Partnership Agreement which both the countries signed during your first visit to India in 2005. Our relations have evolved satisfactorily. We are very satisfied with growth of trade and economic relations between India and China," Singh said.

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