Manmohan Singh leaves for China

January 13th, 2008 - 12:46 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Jan 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this evening left for China on board Air India One Khajuraho.

Dr. Singhs wife Gursharan Kaur is also accompanying him to China.

Before leaving for Beijing, Dr. Singh said that he would use his visit to China to give substantive content to the nearly three-year-old Strategic Cooperation Partnership inked by Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and himself.

In a departure statement ahead of his visit, Dr. Singh said: Our bilateral relations are now poised to enter a vibrant and dynamic phase, based on a common recognition that the growth and development of both India and China will make positive and long term contributions to regional and global peace, security and stability. We share a desire to enhance our relationship both bilaterally and at the global level.

The Prime Minister said that during his stay in Beijing, he would call on Chinese President Hu Jintao, and Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the National Peoples Congress.

Giving high priority to strengthening of Sino-India relations, Dr Singh said: China is our largest neighbour and also a focal point of our Look East policy.

He said he would be holding bilateral discussions with Premier Wen Jiabao on matters of mutual interest.

He further said that a strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity was established when Premier Jiabao visited India in April 2005, adding that during President Hu Jintaos visit in November 2006 we laid down a ten-pronged strategy to qualitatively upgrade our bilateral ties.

He will be the first Congress Prime Minister to visit China since September 1993 (P.V. Narasimha Rao was the last one). Atal Behari Vajpayee undertook the last visit by an Indian Prime Minister to China in June 2003. Dr. Singh will be the fifth Indian Prime Minister to undertake a visit to China since 1954. (ANI)

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