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Wen Jiabao Meets with Indian Vice President and Ex-officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha Shekhawat

On the morning of April 11, 2005, Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council met with Indian Vice President and ex-officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.

Wen said that China and India are the two biggest developing countries in the world with one third of the world's total population. The peaceful coexistence and mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation between the two countries are in the fundamental interest of the two countries and their people and conducive to regional peace, stability and development. He said that over the 55 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and India the bilateral ties in general have been developing steadily. In particular, in recent years with the joint efforts of both sides the bilateral cooperation has achieved remarkable results. He expressed hope that the two countries should build a closer partnership, draw the blueprint for friendly cooperation in all fields and raise China-India friendly cooperation to new levels.

Wen indicated that the exchanges of parliament are a major channel for the two peoples to enhance contacts. The Chinese government always attaches importance to and supports the exchanges between the National People's Congress of China and the Indian Parliament and other civil organizations. He extended gratitude to Chairman Shekhawat and the Indian Parliament for their contributions to promoting the development of China-India relations and expressed hope that Shekhawat and his colleagues in the Parliament will continue to pay attention to and support the progress of China-India friendly relations and the exchanges and cooperation between the two peoples.

Shekhawat noted that the Indian Parliament holds the same opinion of constantly reinforcing relations with China and always supports the exchanges between the two peoples. He believes that India-China relations have stepped into a rapid development stage and the visit of Premier Wen will surely pump fresh energy into the bilateral friendly cooperation.

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