Wen Jiabao Meets with Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Sharma
2010/01/19

On January 19, 2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma in Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.

Both China and India were large developing nations in Asia, and the total population of the two countries accounted for 40 percent of the world, Wen noted. "We share broad common interests," he said. China and India were not competitive opponents but cooperative partners, said Wen. "Only if China and India achieve common development and prosperity could we have a real Asia century," he said. The premier said his country would work with India to boost good-neighborly friendship, increase coordination in major international issues, and expand cooperation in trade, investment and other sectors in line with the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefits. "This will help promote the continuous stable growth of China-India ties," Wen said. Wen also asked Sharma to convey his greetings to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President of Indian National Congress Party Sonia Gandhi.

Sharma said the Indian leaders were devoted to strengthening the strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries. "This accords with fundamental interests of the two peoples and is also conducive to the development of Asia and the world at large," he noted.

Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and other officials attended the meeting.

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