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Indian President Kalam Meets with Premier Wen Jiabao

On the afternoon of April 11, 2005, Indian President Abdul Kalam met with Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council of China in the presidential residence. Both sides held friendly and cordial talks.

President Kalam is a scientist who has been devoted to the research and development of aerospace technology and missile for years and was elected Indian President in July 2002. He told Wen that both India and China are great ancient civilizations and enjoy a long history of exchanges. The visit of Wen has achieved fruitful results and opened a new chapter of India-China friendship. India and China are countries with big population. To strengthen bilateral coordination and cooperation is of great significance to protecting world peace. He especially pointed out that India and China should strengthen cooperation in science and technology, information and agriculture.

Wen briefly reviewed the history of friendly exchanges between China and India, stressing that the Chinese and India people have profound friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries 55 years ago the bilateral relations have been developing constantly and today particularly show an increasingly satisfactory development momentum. China is ready to make joint efforts with India to broaden the friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation and realize common development.

Wen agreed with the cooperation suggestions raised by Kalam, saying that India's software industry is developed while China has a fairly strong manufacturing industry. Both sides can strengthen cooperation through complementing each other to compete in the world market. In the field of scientific and technological cooperation, he and Prime Minister Singh agreed to establish a scientific and technological cooperation steering committee which would help expand bilateral cooperation in that area. Agriculture is a major cooperation area for the two countries in the future. China is a big agricultural country and has accumulated some experiences in this field. China is willing to share its achievements with India in soil improvement, selection of good strains and farm infrastructure construction.

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